Mobile Base System - Partners

Principal contractor

MD Robotics

MD Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) of Richmond, B.C. The company was formed in May 1999 following the acquisition of the robotics business from Spar Aerospace Limited.

MD Robotics has a heritage of over 30 years of achievements. Best known for the Canadarm, or Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator, MD Robotics developed and built the first Canadarm under contract to the National Research Council of Canada, Canada's contribution to NASA's space shuttle program. Subsequently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ordered four additional units to augment its fleet.

Building on the heritage of Canadarm and our expertise in robotics, MD Robotics is the prime contractor to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), a sophisticated robotic system critical to the assembly, maintenance and servicing of the International Space Station (ISS).

The MSS is made up of three main elements:

  • Canadarm2, launched on April 19, 2001,
  • The Mobile Base System (MBS), launched on May 30, 2002,
  • The Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), a two-armed robot to be launched in 2004.


EBCO Aerospace

Ebco Aerospace is a state-of-the-art precision machining facility, equipped with systems and machinery to meet the most demanding specifications required by the aerospace and defense industries. Ebco Aerospace, located at Ebco's Industrial Park in Delta, B.C., specializes in the precision machining and assembly of medium to large structural aircraft components manufactured from high-strength steels, titanium alloys and aluminum alloys.

EMS Technologies Canada, Ltd.

EMS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELMG) is a leading provider of wireless, satellite and broadband communications products and solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, EMS employs approximately 2,000 people worldwide with modern engineering and manufacturing facilities in Atlanta, Ottawa, Montreal and Brazil.

EMS Space & Technology, with offices in Atlanta, Montreal and Ottawa, serves the markets for space, advanced communications and special-purpose equipment, with EMS hardware having flown on more than 200 spacecraft. EMS is a leader in the technologies and products that the next generation of commercial satellites will need to offer high-speed multimedia communications services within the commercial space, defense, satellite broadband and space science & exploration markets.


Established in 1952, FELLFAB is a quality conscious manufacturer of engineered textile products. The company consists of three locations: FELLFAB Limited of Hamilton, Ontario; FELLFAB L.L.C. of College Park, Georgia; and FELLFAB L.L.C. of Fort Worth, Texas.

FELLFAB provides products and services to a wide range of industries and markets including aerospace, aviation, land transportation, materials handling, industrial, military and government sectors. FELLFAB manufactures thermal insulation blankets for aerospace applications. Using multi-layer, metalized film technology, these products are custom designed to fit the demands of each application. Our blankets are used to protect sensitive objects from the varying temperature extremes to which they are exposed.

Héroux Devtek Inc.

Héroux-Devtek Inc. specializes in the design, development, manufacture and repair of aerospace and industrial products. The company's head office is located in Longueuil, Québec. Héroux-Devtek operates ten business units regrouped under four divisions: the Landing Gear Division, the Aerostructure Division, the Gas Turbine Components Division and the Logistics and Defence Division. Héroux-Devtek's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol HRX.

MBM Tool & Machine Co. Limited

Founded 35 years ago, MBM Tool & Machine is dedicated to the production of high quality, high precision machined components and assemblies. MBM is well known for its ability to tackle the most complex and intricate of components manufactured from such exotic materials as Inconel, Monel, beryllium copper, aluminum honeycomb, titanium, magnesium, stellite, castalloy and others. Its expertise in the construction of multi-level assemblies has allowed MBM to offer greater value-added service to its customers including Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Helicopter, Goodrich Aerospace/Menasco, the CSA, General Electric, Hyundai Space and Aircraft, Messier-Dowty and MDA.

Rostar Precision Inc.

Rostar Precision Inc. is fundamentally rooted in the aerospace, defence, medical, telecommunications, electronics, robotics, nuclear, transportation, multiplexing, sensor, and micro-switching industries. It specializes in the ultra-precise machining of intricate components made of sophisticated alloys of magnesium, titanium, aluminums, copper, and stainless steels, as well as synthetics.

Wardrop Engineering Inc.

Wardrop engineers have designed and supplied flight hardware and test equipment for the ISS, the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (Canadarm), Starlab space telescope, Anik-E satellite, Japanese Space Station components, and European space programs.

Our contribution has included system specification; thermal, stress, and vibration analysis; and the design of mechanical, electrical, structural and thermal components and mechanisms. We have also provided dynamic analysis, orbital mechanics, micrometeoroid damage assessment, and control system designs.


xwave delivers complete IT services to clients through three service lines: systems integration and software engineering, infrastructure services, and product fulfillment. These areas offer clients a broad delivery capability: xwave plans, designs, builds and operates IT solutions that span both corporate and operational systems and fulfill all infrastructure needs. With more than $374 million in revenues and 2,800 people, xwave is one of the largest IT services companies in Canada, with offices in St. John's, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Texas, New England and Ireland. More information can be found at