Canada begins design phase of Canadarm3 for Lunar Gateway


LONGUEUIL, QC, March 10, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada is a global market leader in space robotics thanks to strategic investments from the Government of Canada. The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced today that Bramptoncompany based McDonald’sDettwiler et Associés SA (MDA) will receive $268.9 million to run the second phase of Canadarm3. With this design work, Canadian industry will push its capabilities and expertise in space robotics further than ever before.

The application of from Canada Industrial and Technological Benefits Policyits first application to space procurement, will help to ensure that from Canada contribution to the lunar gateway will be designed and built in Canada with the direct participation of Canadian suppliers. MDA will support research and development and skills development, and create other business activities in key industrial capabilities within from Canada space sector. They will also work with small and medium enterprises to drive innovation in emerging technologies throughout the development of Canadarm3. The global space market is expected to triple over the next 20 years to $1.1 trillion. With key capabilities in this market, such as robotics, Canadian companies will be ready to seize opportunities in the commercial space sector.

MDA will use these funds to initiate the design phase of this flagship robotic system for the Lunar Gateway. Incorporating sophisticated computer vision, state-of-the-art software and advances in artificial intelligence, Canadarm3 will be essential to NASA’s Artemis program. This highly autonomous robotic system will maintain, repair and inspect the Lunar Gateway, capture visiting vehicles, assist astronauts on spacewalks and support science both in lunar orbit and on the surface of the Moon.


“Thanks to Canadarm3, Canada leverages our excellence in space robotics and embarks on the next chapter of human space exploration. Strategic investments in from Canada space sector not only ensures that we are part of a growing global market, but also creates real economic returns that fuel high-quality jobs for Canadians and ensure a stronger industrial supply chain. »

The Honorable Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Fast facts

  • With the application of the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, the expected economic benefits of Canadarm3 should contribute more than $70 million annually at from Canada GDP and create and maintain some 630 high quality jobs for Canadians over a 12 year period.
  • With this investment, MDA will proceed with the design of the intelligent robotic system, the procurement of long-lead elements such as electronic components required during later phases of the project, and the technology development work necessary to meet the overall project schedule.
  • MDA foresees the creation of more than 200 new jobs for highly qualified personnel for this phase.
  • Currently slated for launch in 2027, Canadarm3 will consist of a next-generation large robotic arm, a nimble small arm and a set of specialized tools.


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