MDA and Airbus celebrate 30 years of business relationship


MDA, a business unit of Maxar Technologies, (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), has received a commemorative recognition from Airbus for 30 years of partnership. With over five decades as a supplier of satellite subsystems spanning hundreds of missions, MDA is proud to have been a key supplier to Airbus for three of these decades. During this period we have exported leading-edge Canadian technology that enhanced multiple Airbus space missions.

MDA will accept the recognition at its Montreal facility in a ceremony on November 10, 2017. Members of the media are invited.

SPAR Aerospace (now MDA) was awarded a contract in 1987 by DASA (a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG, now part of Airbus) to develop a satellite subsystem that modulated radio frequencies for the ERS-1 program. ERS-1 was the ESA’s first Earth Observation program and its primary objective was to provide environmental monitoring. It had a pioneering role in the field of instrument development, and the introduction and demonstration of advanced observation technologies - a European success story. Our partnership was part of that success story which marked the beginning of a long-standing business relationship between two global leaders in space manufacturing.

Joanna Boshouwers, the vice president and general manager of MDA’s Montreal facility said, “We are very pleased to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our business relationship with Airbus. Over this period, our companies have jointly realized some of the most remarkable and innovative communications satellite payloads. We aim at working collaboratively with satellites primes worldwide, strengthening our global leadership in the development and manufacturing of innovative subsystems that position us at the forefront of the commercial communications satellites markets.”

“Airbus’ Supplier Engagement Program recognizes the key strategic North American suppliers for their outstanding support and partnership. We are very pleased to celebrate 30 years of continuous and very fruitful business relations,” stated Stewart Nolan, Head of Procurement Mission Systems for Airbus Defense and Space.

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