MDA designed an built the robotics used to assembly and maintain the International Space Station.  During the design phase, we needed to use certain materials due to their properties, but we knew they wouldn’t stand up to the Atomic Oxygen attack in Low Earth Orbit.  ITL was able to create a surface treating process (PhotoSilTM) which would protect the materials from attack without changing any of the other properties.  We have used (and continue to use) this process on retention lanyards and painted surfaces.  ITL also developed a surface texturing process on a mirror-like thermal radiator film that might have caused problems with intense light reflections when viewed by cameras during robotic operations. Here again, although the film was modified for this application, the thermal properties were unchanged.  Without ITL we would have been forced to use much more expensive solutions to these design problems.  ITL is a great partner for us as we design, build, and maintain mechanisms for use in space.

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