VALCOURT, QC, April 6 /CNW Telbec/ - BRP, in cooperation with the Centre de technologies avancées BRP-Université de Sherbrooke (CTA), will develop the chassis and locomotion systems for a Lunar
Exploration Light Rover and a Mars Exploration Science Rover.
BRP was awarded $5.6 million in contracts by MacDonald Dettwiler and
Associated Ltd. (MDA) after they received the mandate of two contracts
by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the design, development,
construction and testing of advanced space vehicles under the CSA's
Exploration Surface Mobility Program.
Terrestrial prototypes of the rovers will be constructed from advanced
aluminum alloys with electric propulsion systems powered by battery
and, in the case of the Mars rover, solar energy. They will also be
capable of integrating hydrogen fuel cells. The rover prototypes will
target improvements to the performance of existing Martian and lunar
exploration vehicles by a factor of between 5 and 10, in terms of
speed, range and size.
"Future vehicles will be tasked with accessing harsher, rougher and more
remote regions of planetary surfaces than ever before," said Dr.
Christian Sallaberger, vice-president and director for Space
Exploration at MDA. "For Canada to play a role, we must demand the very
best that our nation has to offer. BRP's world leadership in
terrestrial off-road vehicles make them a natural partner for MDA on
these projects. We are thrilled to welcome them to our growing team in
Canada and we are truly excited by the rich synergy between Canadian
space and terrestrial technology advancements."
"BRP is proud to participate in Canada's space program," said José
Boisjoli, president and CEO. "While this type of R&D is outside our
regular activities, we have the resources with the CTA to take
advantage of this opportunity. Employees from BRP's triad of R&D
facilities located in Canada and in Austria work together to explore
the unexplored and challenge existing paradigms; this is part of our
DNA. We look forward to pooling our knowledge with MDA and the CSA to
help further Canada's role in space exploration. Such a project will no
doubt also increase our knowledge and speed up our development of more
eco-performing technologies that could, in time, be integrated into our
Three base vehicles will be developed and built at the CTA, a
private-public partnership between BRP and Sherbrooke University,
before delivery to MDA for integration with a range of smart sensors
and payloads. "The CTA's team is used to thinking outside the box,"
said Mihai Rasidescu, president and general manager of the CTA. "We are
developing systems that may eventually need to function in the most
remote and hostile environments with extreme variations in temperature,
reduced gravity, and of course, the inability of the locomotion system
to be serviced once in use. That's definitely outside the box."
About the CTA
The Centre de technologies avancées BRP - Université de Sherbrooke (CTA) is the result of a partnership between BRP and the Université de
Sherbrooke. Its mandate is to develop new cutting-edge technologies in
the field of motorized recreational vehicles. Since it opened in 2006,
the CTA has developed two technologies that have been integrated into
BRP products and is currently developing a hybrid version of the Can-Am
Spyder roadster. The CTA employs more than 70 researchers and students.
Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP), a privately-held company,
is a world leader in the design, development, manufacturing,
distribution and marketing of motorised recreational vehicles. Its
portfolio of brands and products includes: Ski-Doo and Lynx
snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and boats, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles and
roadsters, as well as Rotax engines. BRP products are distributed in
more than 100 countries.
Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Lynx, Evinrude, Johnson, Can-Am, Rotax and the BRP
logo are trademarks of Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. or its
affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
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Manager, Corporate Communications
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Université de Sherbrooke
Tel: +1.819.821.8000, ext. 63395