The MDA of Canada is looking to expand into the United Kingdom

MDA, a pioneer in robotics, satellite systems, and geo-intelligence, serves the world from its Canadian base and overseas operations. Over the course of its 50-year history, MDA has achieved numerous firsts both on and above the Earth. MDA is steering the way for sustainable Moon colonies, improved Earth observation, communication in a hyperconnected society, and other goals with over 2,200 personnel across Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. With a history of bringing space dreams to life, MDA empowers highly trained individuals to continuously push boundaries, take on significant obstacles, and envision lasting solutions to transform the world for the better, both on Earth and in space.

MDA of Canada sees a significant chance to grow its worldwide space business out of the UK, where it intends to quadruple its staff to 80 personnel in the upcoming year.

In order to handle this development, the company recently relocated to a larger, dedicated building in Harwell, England, according to Anita Bernie, who was named managing director for MDA’s U.K. subsidiary in March. In addition to a cutting-edge development laboratory, the facility has sizable cleanrooms, according to Bernie.

In order to boost its economy after Brexit, the U.K. wants a larger share of the world space sector. In order to promote a more business-friendly environment, the British government has streamlined licensing procedures and invested in emerging technologies as part of its national ambition to become a major space power.

Canada, which launched its first satellite in 1962 and joined the space race after the Soviet Union and the United States, sees a chance to grow its space sector.

According to Bernie, the UK and Canada are “operating more directly together than ever before.” In an effort to improve ties between the governments, commercial space firms, and academic institutions of the two nations, the space agencies of each nation signed a cooperation agreement in October.

Bernie praised the U.K.-Canada partnership, saying that MDA “provides numerous potential for our countries to collaborate more closely together in aid of our joint space objectives.” MDA’s services include satellite systems, geo-intelligence, and space operations, while it is best recognized for creating the robotic Canadarm that is utilized on the International Space Station.

The UK division of MDA has collaborated with debris-clearing firm Astroscale to investigate the viability of a 2025 UK Space Agency-financed mission to remove 2 satellites from low Earth orbit. Bernie said that the Columbus Ka-band antenna project, which was completed last year and deployed on the ISS Columbus science module, made use of resources from all of MDA’s locations in Canada and the UK. The antenna, known as ColKa for short, is working and offers the Columbus module more bandwidth by corresponding with European Data Relay System satellites, according to her.

“We are taking part in a variety of flagship projects to go back to the moon’s surface, deliver in-orbit maintenance missions, and give astronauts on the International Space Station communications capabilities,” she continued.

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