L3 MAPPS TO UPGRADE CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY ROBOTICS TRAINING FACILITY
Montréal, October 18, 2006 - L-3 Communications MAPPS, a wholly owned subsidiary of L-3 Communications, announced today that it has been awarded a contract to provide additional sustaining engineering services to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the Mobile Servicing System Operations and Training Simulator (MOTS). The order is an extension to ongoing work that L3 MAPPS is carrying out to update the CSA's robotics training facility being used to train astronauts and ground operators of the International Space Station (ISS). The project has already started and the simulator is expected to take advantage of the improved software tools and models via incremental releases until spring 2008.
The primary focus of the work will consist of adding simulation models of components as they are being added to the ISS, integrating the flight software in the simulator and porting the complete simulator from a legacy RISC/Unix-based computer to a PC/Linux platform. These sustaining engineering activities are necessary to ensure that the training facility is up-to-date and maintainable for the duration of the ISS life cycle.
"MOTS is recognized by the international community as the simulator-based training standard for the space station robotics tasks and CSA is appreciative of L3 MAPPS' contributions," said Benoit Marcotte, director of the CSA space station program.
"L3 MAPPS is proud that the MOTS has benefited the International Space Station program for more than 10 years," said Shankar Udupa, vice president of engineering & operations, L3 MAPPS. "We look forward to continuing our cooperation towards the evolution of this mission-critical simulator."
L3 MAPPS has over 20 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 30 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than three decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector.
To learn more about L3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s web site at www.L3T.com/MAPPS.
Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading provider of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems, secure communications systems, aircraft modernization, training and government services. The company is a leading merchant supplier of a broad array of high technology products, including guidance and navigation, sensors, scanners, fuzes, data links, propulsion systems, simulators, avionics, electro optics, satellite communications, electrical power equipment, encryption, signal intelligence, antennas and microwave components. L-3 also supports a variety of Homeland Security initiatives with products and services. Its customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence agencies and aerospace prime contractors.
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* CANDU is an acronym for CANada Deuterium Uranium and is a registered trademark of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. The CANDU system is a design that uses deuterium oxide (heavy water) as the moderator and coolant, and natural uranium as fuel.
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