LOGAN, Utah — Canada’s MDA sees a rising alternative to broaden its worldwide house enterprise from the UK, the place it plans to double its staff to 80 staff within the subsequent 12 months.
Anita Bernie, who was appointed managing director for MDA’s U.Ok. unit in March, stated the corporate has simply moved into a bigger, devoted facility to accommodate this progress in Harwell, England.
“The power consists of substantial cleanrooms and a state-of-the-art improvement laboratory,” Bernie stated.
The U.Ok. seeks a much bigger portion of the worldwide house business to broaden its post-Brexit financial system. The British authorities’s nationwide technique to turn out to be a significant house energy consists of investments in rising applied sciences and streamlined licensing regimes to foster a extra business-friendly setting.
Canada, which joined the house race behind the Soviet Union and america with the launch of its first satellite tv for pc in 1962, additionally sees a possibility to bolster its house business.
The U.Ok, and Canada are “working extra intently collectively than ever earlier than,” Bernie stated.
The international locations’ respective house businesses signed a memorandum of understanding in October to strengthen ties between their governments, house corporations, and educational establishments.
“MDA is a good instance” of the U.Ok.-Canada relationship, Bernie stated, and “supplies a number of alternatives for our nations to work extra intently collectively in assist of our mutual house pursuits.”
Whereas MDA is finest identified for growing the robotic Canadarm used on the Worldwide House Station, the corporate’s providers span house operations, geo-intelligence, and satellite tv for pc techniques.
MDA’s U.Ok unit lately partnered with particles removing startup Astroscale to review the feasibility of a UK House Company-funded mission to take away two satellites from low Earth orbit by 2025.
Bernie stated work on the Columbus Ka-band antenna, which was put in on the ISS Columbus science module final yr, leveraged capabilities from throughout MDA’s websites in Canada and the UK. She stated the antenna, dubbed ColKa for brief, is operational and supplies elevated bandwidth for the Columbus module by speaking by European Knowledge Relay System satellites.
“We’re collaborating in a variety of flagship missions to return to the lunar floor, ship in-orbit servicing missions and supply communications capabilities for astronauts onboard the Worldwide House station,” she added.
Earlier this yr, U.S.-based Lockheed Martin stated it was trying to arrange a satellite tv for pc manufacturing base in the UK to broaden its international house enterprise.
The aerospace and protection large has been wanting into the feasibility of a facility that might concentrate on constructing satellites, their elements or floor networks and will embody a analysis and improvement middle.