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MDA Space Partners with Starlab Space in Commercial Space Station Venture
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MDA Space Partners with Starlab Space in Commercial Space Station Venture
by Clarence Oxford
Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 30, 2024

Starlab Space LLC, the joint venture between Voyager Space, Airbus, and Mitsubishi Corporation, has announced that MDA Space Ltd. (TSX:MDA) has joined as a strategic partner and equity owner. This partnership expands the venture's reach into Canada.

MDA Space, known for its human-rated space robotics and the developer of the Canadarm robotics family, will provide external robotics, robotics interfaces, and robotic mission operations for Starlab. The company's suite of scalable and modular robotics solutions, MDA SKYMAKER, will support various missions.

"With MDA Space joining Starlab, we're not just embracing innovation, we're wielding it," said Tim Kopra, CEO of Starlab Space and former NASA astronaut. "Having experienced firsthand the exceptional reliability and versatility of robotic technologies developed by MDA Space during my time on the International Space Station, I am confident that this partnership will drive innovation and unlock new possibilities for Starlab. MDA Space robotic technologies, which have long been a cornerstone of space exploration, will be integral to our operations, ensuring precision and excellence in every endeavor."

"Our integration into the Starlab Space team is more than a program collaboration-it strategically fuses together highly complementary and best-in-class expertise with the higher purpose of accelerating the space economy on Earth and in orbit," said Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA Space. "It is also a validation of the capability and value that MDA SKYMAKER offers to the emerging commercial space exploration and infrastructure market, and the high-level of trust and confidence the industry has in MDA Space robotics."

The addition of MDA Space strengthens Starlab Space's international consortium, which includes Voyager Space, Airbus, and Mitsubishi Corporation. Starlab Space also has partnerships with Northrop Grumman, Hilton Hotels, and SpaceX.

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