MDA Corp. Chief Executive Daniel E. Friedmann’s decision to leave his job after 20 years at first blush looks like an injustice: He carries the wrong passport (Canadian) for a company whose growth is in part tied to U.S. government contracts, and he lives in the wrong place – British Columbia, not Palo Alto, California, where MDA’s growth engine, satellite builder SSL, is located.
Satellite hardware and services provider MDA Corp. of Canada on Feb. 24 said its number-one priority is to obtain U.S. government certification for Space Systems Loral’s satellite manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California.
Canada could play a prominent role in a deorbiting mission for the European Envisat Earth observation satellite, with robotic arm technology the most feasible method for such a job.
The U.S. and Canadian companies approach the flurry of activity in the past year — new Earth observation constellations announced, existing players merging — from different angles.
The Canadian space hardware and services provider said the shutdown of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the strengthened U.S. dollar and rocket failures have all contributed to a reduced number of telecommunications satellite orders in 2015.