Lockheed Martin/General Motors vehicles to be equipped with MDA robotic arm
MDA Ltd. (TSX:MDA), a leading provider of advanced technology and services to the rapidly expanding global space industry, today announced that it is working with Lockheed Martin and General Motors to integrate MDA’s commercial robotic arm technology on their planned human-rated lunar mobility vehicles.
The addition of MDA to the industrial lunar vehicle development team follows the announcement of a teaming agreement by Lockheed Martin and General Motors in 2021.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with industry stalwarts Lockheed Martin and General Motors on this first-of-its-kind initiative to equip their lunar rovers with commercial robotic arms from MDA,” said Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA. “We believe this collaboration will enable all three companies to continue to define the art of the possible, push the boundaries of space innovation, and provide the world’s astronauts with the technology they need to reach further than they ever have before.”
NASA’s Artemis program is scheduled to send humans back to the surface of the Moon in 2025 where they will explore and conduct scientific experiments using a variety of vehicles. The rovers would be permanently stationed on the surface of the Moon where they would be available for use by private and space agency astronauts.