MDA Space joins Starlab Space as strategic partner

MDA Space will bring space robotics and human spaceflight heritage to Starlab Space.
Photo Credit: Voyager Space

Starlab Space, the global joint venture between Voyager Space, Airbus, and Mitsubishi Corporation, has welcomed MDA Space, a trusted mission partner to the rapidly expanding global space industry, as a strategic partner and equity owner in Starlab Space. The Starlab US-led partnership continues to expand, extending the joint venture’s global reach into Canada.

As the developer of the Canadarm family of robotics that has provided mission-critical support to astronauts and mission operators on the International Space Station for more than two decades, MDA Space will play a pivotal role in Starlab’s development. The company joins the Starlab team to provide the full range of external robotics, robotics interfaces and robotic mission operations to the station, including its recently launched full suite of scalable and modular robotics solutions, MDA SKYMAKER, which can be tailored to support a diverse range of missions.

Tim Kopra, CEO of Starlab Space and former NASA astronaut, said: “With MDA Space joining Starlab, we’re not just embracing innovation, we’re wielding it. 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 endeavour.”

Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA Space, added: “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. 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 to the Starlab Space team reinforces the joint venture’s commitment to assembling an international consortium of strategic and high-profile companies with flight heritage and proven experience, including Voyager Space, Airbus, and Mitsubishi Corporation, further expanding Starlab Space’s global partner network set to expand the commercial space economy. The US, European, Japanese, and Canadian industry partners enable the continuation of the International Space Station partner network via commercial entities.

In addition to the joint venture partners, Starlab Space has a strategic teaming agreement with Northrop Grumman, a design and experience partnership with Hilton Hotels, and has secured a launch contract with SpaceX for its Starship vehicle.