ISS-Reshetnev and MDA sign cooperation agreement
Academician M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems and a Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. signed a marketing agreement in Montréal on February 27, 2012.
The agreement covers cooperation between the two companies in business development and promotion of geostationary satellites based on ISS-Reshetnev’s Express-1000K platform with payload contributions by MDA. Spacecraft are to have mass less than 1350 kg and payload power up to 3 kW. The companies also expressed their willingness to work together on designing new subsystems for advanced satellites.
In accordance with the document there will be groups of experts in ISS-Reshetnev and MDA to hold teleconferences and meetings every month in order to work out business strategies and cooperation opportunities. As well as that, Information Satellite Systems and MDA will put joint efforts into attaining shared aims by participating in conferences, business meetings with customers and preparing presentations, official papers and offers.
The marketing agreement also stipulates using financing instruments of EDC – Export Development Canada, the organization that provides support for Canadian exporters and their international partners.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Vladimir Popovkin, head of the Federal Space Agency. Cooperation with MDA and other national and foreign companies of the space industry is aimed at promotion of ISS-Reshetnev-made geostationary telecommunications satellites into new markets as well as increasing their competitiveness.
At present the Russian and the Canadian parties are implementing three joint projects for the manufacture of telecommunications satellites Express-AM5 and Express-AM6 for the Russian satellite operator RSCC, and the Lybid spacecraft for Ukraine. ISS-Reshetnev is tasked with providing satellite platforms and payload structures, at the same time it is responsible for spacecraft assembly and testing. MDA, in its turn, supplies transponders and antennas for the satellites.