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NASA Selects SSL to Study Asteroid Retrieval

July 30, 2014

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) reported that it was one of the companies selected by NASA to study system concepts and key technologies for NASA'sAsteroid Redirect Mission.

According to a media release, SSL will conduct two studies; one that examines using MDA robotic technology for asteroid capture, and one that examines adapting commercial spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle.

"SSL is committed to helping NASA leverage the value of commercial partnerships," said John Celli, president of SSL. "The Asteroid Redirect Mission is an excellent example of how we can bring together SSL's commercial bus and MDA robotics technology in support of NASA programs."

SS said its "Autonomous Boulder Liberation Equipment" study will demonstrate robotic arms for placement and handling of pneumatic excavation tools, boulder jacking devices, and positive capture and restraint tools.

SSL will also examine how to adapt commercial spacecraft for the Asteroid Redirect Vehicle and will define system concepts that leverage SSL's commercial bus, the SSL 1300.

SSL, a subsidiary of MDA, is a provider of satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world.

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations.

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