Robotics and Space Operations

Autonomous Robotics Operations

Our work on guidance, navigation and control systems has created more opportunity in fully autonomous operations. Reduced command overhead, fewer human errors and more efficient execution time for on-orbit robotic tasks are some of the benefits.

Hands free

Currently we’re developing a computing platform to enhance autonomous functions on Canadarm2. This platform will be the basis of future autonomous operations, including our work on Canadarm3 for the Lunar Gateway that will orbit the Moon.


  • 3,000,000+ hours – MDA’s on-orbit robotic mission support experience
  • 400,000 km – The distance from Earth to NASA’s new Lunar-orbiting Gateway
  • 2023 – The year Lunar Gateway will begin launching