Image: NASA Click image to enlargeMagellan Aerospace and the University of Manitoba have unveiled their new Advanced Satellite Integration Facility (ASIF) at Magellan's plant in Winnipeg, MB. The facility will support research, development, contstruction and testing of satellite systems and components.

The facility was constructed in an existing 6,000 sq ft area, large enough to accommodate up to three satellites at various stages of assembly with sufficient ceiling height for high crane lifting requirements. The ASIF is an ISO Class 8 cleanroom facility that will satisfy the requirements of current and future satellite programs initiated by the Government of Canada.

The facility expansion was funded by an investment of $2.4 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Magellan invested $1.5 million, which includes $625,000 for the establishment of an Industrial Research Chair in the area of satellite development within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba, and contributed to the construction of the facility, multi-year research and development (R&D) and educational funding.

Don Boitson, vp general manager, Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, says "Magellan's focus in the ASIF partnership goes well beyond the bricks and mortar of this world-class facility. Magellan's investment in facilities, equipment, university research, and education support over the next five years reflects our commitment to both community and youth education. This partnership fosters a very meaningful relationship between academia and industry."

 

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