DARPA Chooses MDA For Satellite Servicing Demonstration

MDA SSL Osborne

DARPA Phoenix program rendition. Photo: DARPA

[Via Satellite 11-22-13] MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) has been selected for additional robotics work for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Phoenix Program. MDA has started work under the next phase of the Phoenix Program, with related contracts expected to total approximately $10 million. The work will be carried out by both MDA and Space Systems/Loral (SSL).

“The Phoenix mission aims to demonstrate several technologies and on-orbit operations,” said Don Osborne, vice president and general manager, satellite systems, MDA. Under these contracts, the company seeks to develop advanced robotic tools, cameras, tool caddies and a new flexible, small robotic arm for the Phoenix mission.

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