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Partner. Build. Grow.

Collaboration is one of MDA’s core values, and key to our mission is making ambitions come true. This all comes together in MDA LaunchPad, where we partner with innovative businesses to build and grow.

“We created MDA LaunchPad to be a one-stop destination for collaborating on real-world challenges. As the national champion in the Canadian space sector, we prioritize our engagement with small and medium enterprises to build an industrial ecosystem that endures.”

- Mike Greenley, Chief Executive Officer, MDA

Spotlight on a LaunchPad partner:

Burloak technologies

Burloak Technologies, a division of Samuel, Son & Co., Limited, and MDA announced on June 30, 2020, a five-year agreement to partner for additive manufactured parts and components for space-bound satellite antenna applications. Burloak and MDA will collaborate to optimize the design and manufacturability of a range of antenna technologies. The joint efforts accomplished to date by MDA and Burloak have led to an increased acceptance of additive manufactured parts for the harsh space environment, an outcome that will yield significant benefits to both partners. This partnership builds upon a collaboration that goes back already a couple of years and is an excellent example of the type of partnership MDA aims to develop with the LaunchPad program.

LaunchPad update:

Industrial Outreach Canadarm3

In the past 12 months, MDA has organized several industrial outreach activities regarding Canadarm3. In the summer of 2019, we visited eight different cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, St. John’s and Ottawa) to speak with close to 200 organizations involving over 400 people and to have over 100 one-on-one discussions. More recently, we held a number of webinars that addressed several aspects of the Canadarm3 program to assist future partners with the development of their solutions. MDA is currently in detailed discussions with the Canadian Space Agency about the contents of the first phase of the program. Once these discussions have been finalized, we expect to continue the webinars and other outreach activities.