MDA Signs Intelsat as Anchor Tenant for On-Orbit Servicing

by Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz with the bog faculty Source: SpaceRefCanada © MDA On-orbit servicing. MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) today announced it has entered into an agreement with Intelsat S.A. as its anchor tenant for its Space Infrastructure Servicing (SIS) vehicle which could be in service by 2015. This is a major step forward for the Richmond, BC headquartered company as it helps create a new commercial space segment. The Space Infrastructure Servicing vehicle is an on-orbit servicing spacecraft that will initially carry up to 2,000 kilograms of fuel and a suite of robotic tools to service satellites of which Intelsat will be the first customer. The servicing of these satellites is expected to extend the life of each satellite from one to five years depending on the customers needs. The agreement is an important milestone for the company as it has been trying to leverage it's expertise in robotic technologies such as the Canadarm's on the Space Shuttles and the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station. More…

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