A Year After Its Near Sale, Canada’s MDA Hoping for Bigger Chunk of U.S. Market

2009: A space oddity
Ottawa Business Journal

MDA said it could not generate enough business in the U.S. from its position in Canada, which is why it offered up the technology to Minnesota-based Alliant Techsystems Inc.

“We have been frustrated in that area,” added Steve Oldham, vice-president of business development for MDA Space Missions, in a separate phone interview. “The U.S. space market is larger, but the U.S. has a strong philosophy of buying space within American space companies, so it’s hard for a Canadian company to compete.”

It’s a problem the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada has highlighted repeatedly in the months following the near sale. Now with a new administration in place in the United States, executive vice-president Ron Kane said he’s hoping to see more progress.

“We certainly have advocated on the need for both governments to come to the table to address the problems, but we’re not aware of a precise timeline,” he added.

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