MDA's advanced technologies span markets as diverse as manned and unmanned space exploration, robotic surgery and nuclear reactor maintenance.
Exemplified by the world-famous Canadarm, MDA's advanced robotic systems operate in the most challenging and demanding environments. MDA's robotic systems are designed to work with the utmost precision, safety, and reliability from the dark and hazardous reaches of space, to the dangerous and hard-to-get-at interior of nuclear reactors, or the challenges of working inside the bore of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.
MDA's robotic systems have enabled human spaceflight for nearly three decades, assembling space infrastructure, servicing space assets, supporting spacewalks, and safe berthing of visiting space vehicles. With exploration entering a new era of deeper space transportation and commercial crew and cargo services, MDA's next generation robotic systems and advanced technologies are being developed to meet the future needs of human space infrastructure.
As global space agencies turn their attention to the next steps in planetary exploration, MDA has developed a broad portfolio of advanced planetary technology spanning robotics, vision, instruments, and complete rover vehicles to support future international missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.
MDA's solutions have helped advance the boundaries of robotic exploration, from vision systems for orbital rendezvous and proximity operations, to robotic arms and mechanisms aboard every one of NASA's Mars rovers and landers, and planetary science instruments that include the Phoenix Meteorological Station, Mars Science Lab APXS spectrometer currently on Mars, and the OLA mapping LIDAR for NASA's OSIRIS-REX asteroid mission.
Three generations of robotic systems developed by MDA for the International Space Station have established Canada as the world leader in space robotics.
This safety-critical, high-reliability technology is now paving the way for a revolutionary new generation of robotics for medical applications.
Designed to operate within a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment, MDA's image-guided robotic systems provide surgeons with unprecedented detail and control, enabling them to manipulate tools at a microscopic scale and perform procedures with higher accuracy and dexterity, resulting in less invasive procedures and better outcomes for patients.
With over 4,500 employees in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, MDA serves a wide range of customers including national space agencies, as well as private and commercial space organizations.
"As our first generation of devices enters the regulatory approval phase, MDA remains a committed partner to CSii. We look forward to continuing to commercialize technology originally developed for the Canadian Space program".
Dr. Paul Cooper
Vice President, Strategic Development, MacDonald, Dettwiler & Associates