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Ontario invests in space and robotics technologies in Brampton

To assist technology startup companies, MDA will also continue its collaboration with Ontario-based industry, universities and colleges on space robotics and other technologies.

March 10, 2022   by CM Staff

TORONTO — MDA has announced that it will invest $100 million over five years for its new Space Robotics Centre of Excellence and developing technologies in commercial space robotics.

Ontario will contribute a $25 million investment to the initiative.

The new centre will house design, development and manufacture of the Canadarm3.

The company also stated that it will create and sustain more than 700 long-term jobs at its Brampton headquarters in Ontario.

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“Ontario is home to the brightest talent and a thriving innovation ecosystem that make projects with incredible companies like MDA, a global leader in the space robotics industry, possible,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade in a statement.

MDA’s new global headquarters in Brampton will host the development and construction of the Canadarm3 which is part of the NASA-led Lunar Gateway program.

Gateway aims to establish a space robotics control centre in Ontario to operate space robotics missions for government and commercial customers.

This investment will combine MDA’s space robotics capabilities with automation and artificial intelligence.

According to a statement from the government of Ontario, the funding will help stimulate over $1 billion in direct economic activity and support the province’s advanced robotics cluster. The province anticipates the investment will also boost the development of applications for robotic systems to support advanced manufacturing, mining, and medical technologies.

To assist technology startup companies, MDA will also continue its collaboration with Ontario-based industry, universities and colleges on space robotics and other technologies.


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