Supporting Canadian Robotics on the International Space Station

Government of Canada announces major investment in space technology to enhance Canada's robots on board the orbiting science laboratory

BRAMPTON, ON, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of Sport and Member of Parliament for Bramalea–Gore–Malton, announced support for Canada's robotics system on board the International Space Station (ISS). MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) in Brampton will design specialized camera technology for Canadarm2, Dextre and the Mobile Base System.

These cameras are critical to maintaining the ISS. Astronauts and flight controllers rely on the cameras to capture and dock resupply spacecraft, move astronauts during spacewalks, relocate and repair hardware, and inspect the Station.

As part of Canada's Space Policy Framework, this investment will ensure Canada's position as a world-class space innovator at the forefront of cutting-edge space activities. It will also benefit Canada's partnerships in space and furthers Canada's exploration of space for the benefit of Canadians.

Quick Facts

  • The contract between the Canadian Space Agency and MDA is worth over $11 million.
  • Along with the United States, Russia, Europe and Japan, Canada is a partner in the International Space Station, an orbiting science laboratory.
  • On June 2, 2015, Industry Minister James Moore confirmed the Government of Canada's decision to renew Canada's participation in the ISS. Canada is the third country to extend its participation until 2024.
  • Canadian space robotics have had significant spin-off benefits, including robots for breast-cancer detection, pediatric surgery and neurosurgery.


"Canada is a proud partner in the International Space Station. This latest investment will help ensure Canada's robotics system has the necessary components to continue its essential work and research. By supporting these important innovations, we allow our space sector to develop new expertise, supporting high-skilled jobs in Brampton."

Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Member of Parliament for Bramalea–Gore–Malton

Associated Links

Canadian Space technology helps breast cancer patients 
Canadian Space Technology to Help Sick Children 
neuroArm: Robotic arms lend a healing touch 
Canada's Space Policy Framework



SOURCE Canadian Space Agency

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