David Florida Laboratory

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The David Florida Laboratory

The David Florida Laboratory is the Canadian Space Agency's spacecraft assembly, integration and/or testing centre. It is rented out to Canadian and foreign aerospace and telecommunications companies and organizations for qualifying space bound equipment such as communication or scientific satellites, or components made to be placed on satellites or installed in a space station.

There are many support facilities such as storage areas, clean rooms, electrodynamic shakers, space (thermal and vacuum) simulation chambers and in-house mechanical, electrical and electronic shops. The laboratory is on the western fringes of Ottawa.

In the past the David Florida Laboratory has tested satellites for Brazil, Indonesia and the European Space Agency. Inmarsat as designated it as their authorized antenna test house. It has also tested Canadian satellites such as RADARSAT-1. The laboratory is currently testing the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator which will eventually be installed on the Mobile Servicing System of the International Space Station.

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