MDA to provide Japan with a mechanism to assist in berthing with The International Space Station

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2002

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today that the Information Systems Group has been awarded a contract by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to provide an interface that will allow Canadarm2 to assist in berthing the Japanese Transfer Vehicle (HTV) to the International Space Station.

The HTV is being developed by NASDA, the National Space Development Agency of Japan, as one of their contributions to the Space Station. The mechanism will utilize the same 'capture and release' interface developed by MDA subsidiary MD Robotics for the Canadarm2.

"This contract is the result of the valued relationship we've developed with Japan over the years," said Mag Iskander, Vice President and General Manager of MD Robotics. "As the prime contractor for Canadarm2, we're working with our international colleagues toward the ongoing success of the International Space Station."

MD Robotics is the world's leading space robotics company, committed to offering sophisticated robotic and engineering solutions for space and terrestrial applications.

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