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Canadarm

Remote Manipulator SystemRMSrobotic arm
It produced equipment for the Canadian Space Agency to be used in cooperation with NASA's Space Shuttle program, most notably the Canadarm, a remote manipulator system.
NRC awarded the manipulator contract to Spar Aerospace.

Space Shuttle

Shuttlespace shuttlesSpace Shuttle Program
It produced equipment for the Canadian Space Agency to be used in cooperation with NASA's Space Shuttle program, most notably the Canadarm, a remote manipulator system. As part of the Space Shuttle program, the National Research Council of Canada agreed to take on the task of building a robot arm to equip the Shuttle's as Canada's contribution to the effort.
The RMS was built by the Canadian company Spar Aerospace, and was controlled by an astronaut inside the orbiter's flight deck using their windows and closed-circuit television.

Larry Clarke

Larry Denman Clarke
Larry Clarke led the formation of the company and was its first president.
Larry Denman Clarke, OC, LLD (Hon) (June 12, 1925 – October 22, 2015) was a Canadian businessman and the founder, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of SPAR Aerospace Limited, the designer of the Canadarm.

Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and AssociatesMDAMacDonald Dettwiler
The robotics division was sold in 1999 and is now part of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates as MD Robotics, a subsidiary of its MDA Space Missions division.

Alouette 1

AlouetteAlouette IAlouette-1
Special Products was best known for the construction of the Alouette 1 satellite, which made Canada the fourth spacefaring nation.
The mechanical frame and the deployable STEM antennas were made by Special Products and Applied Research Aerospace (SPAR Aerospace), a former division of de Havilland Canada (DHC) in Downsview, Ontario, in a building which many years later (until 2012) housed the Canadian Air and Space Museum.

Avro Canada

A.V. Roe CanadaA.V. Roe Canada Ltd.Avro
The company was originally formed in 1967 in Brampton, Ontario through a management buyout of de Havilland Canada’s Special Products division and Avro Canada's Applied Research unit.
In 1957, A.V. Roe Canada Ltd. acquired PSC Applied Research Ltd., a manufacturer of flight navigation computers, and renamed it Canadian Applied Research, Ltd. It was later divested by Hawker Siddeley Canada and merged with de Havilland Canada's Special Products division to form SPAR Aerospace Ltd. (Special Products and Applied Research), developer of the Canadarm remote manipulator system for the Space Shuttle.

Royal New Zealand Air Force

RNZAFNew Zealand Permanent Air ForceAir Force
They also handled the complete overhaul of the Royal New Zealand Air Force's 40-year-old Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Instead a NZD$226m service life extension programme (LEP) was arranged with L3 Spar Aerospace of Canada in 2004.

CMC Electronics

Canadian Marconi CompanyCanadian MarconiBAE Systems Canada

Héroux-Devtek

Heroux-Devtek Inc.Héroux-Devtek IncHéroux-Devtek Inc.

Canadian Space Agency

CSACanadian space programCanadian Space Agency (CSA)
It produced equipment for the Canadian Space Agency to be used in cooperation with NASA's Space Shuttle program, most notably the Canadarm, a remote manipulator system.

NASA

National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationNASA Advisory CouncilU.S. space program
It produced equipment for the Canadian Space Agency to be used in cooperation with NASA's Space Shuttle program, most notably the Canadarm, a remote manipulator system.

MDA Space Missions

MD RoboticsMDA
The robotics division was sold in 1999 and is now part of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates as MD Robotics, a subsidiary of its MDA Space Missions division.

International Space Station

ISSInternational Space Station (ISS)Space Station
As part of MDA, it developed the Mobile Servicing System for the International Space Station, which includes the Space Station Remote Manipulator System, also known as Canadarm 2.

Brampton

Brampton, OntarioBrampton, ONCity of Brampton
The company was originally formed in 1967 in Brampton, Ontario through a management buyout of de Havilland Canada’s Special Products division and Avro Canada's Applied Research unit.

De Havilland Canada

de Havilland Aircraft of Canadade Havillandde Havilland Aircraft Company of Canada
The company was originally formed in 1967 in Brampton, Ontario through a management buyout of de Havilland Canada’s Special Products division and Avro Canada's Applied Research unit.

National Research Council (Canada)

National Research CouncilNational Research Council of CanadaNRC
As part of the Space Shuttle program, the National Research Council of Canada agreed to take on the task of building a robot arm to equip the Shuttle's as Canada's contribution to the effort.

Mobile Servicing System

Canadarm2Space Station Remote Manipulator SystemSSRMS
As part of MDA, it developed the Mobile Servicing System for the International Space Station, which includes the Space Station Remote Manipulator System, also known as Canadarm 2.

Radarsat-1

Canadian RADARSAT
The company was also the prime contractor on a number of satellites, including Anik-E, Olympus 1s (L-SAT), and Radarsat-1.

Orbital Sciences Corporation

Orbital SciencesOrbitalOrbital Sciences Corp
Further sales were not forthcoming, and the company sold the space division to Orbital Sciences in 1999, who sold it in turn to MacDonald Dettwiler in 2001 to become MD Robotics, and then again to Allianz Technosystems in 2008.

Technicolor SA

ThomsonThomson SATechnicolor
Their major customer, Thomson Consumer Electronics, had been waiting for ComStream to deliver a decoding chip for their direct broadcast satellite receivers, but they introduced their own designs and ComStream lost the contract.

Satellite television

satellitedirect broadcast satellitesatellite TV
Their major customer, Thomson Consumer Electronics, had been waiting for ComStream to deliver a decoding chip for their direct broadcast satellite receivers, but they introduced their own designs and ComStream lost the contract.

CAE Inc.

CAECanadian Aviation ElectronicsReflectone
In 1997, seeking a path to diversification, SPAR purchased CAE Aviation's aircraft maintenance operations, in Edmonton, formerly Northwest Industries.