When Rius Billing started at Alliance Spacesystems in 1998, the company had two rooms and less than 20 employees.
Twenty years later, the company now known as MDA U.S. Systems, employs four times as many people in Pasadena and uses three buildings in a Lincoln Avenue industrial park.
MDA U.S. Systems is part of a subtle network of companies linked to the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They operate throughout the city in quiet, sometimes unmarked business parks, with specialties in tough-to-build components necessary for NASA’s biggest missions.
The space systems company built the robotic arms on all of the rovers sent
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‘American Assassin’: (R) (for strong violence throughout, some torture, language and brief nudity) Dylan O’Brien brings a youthful freshness to the role of a counterterrorism operative in this international thriller whose holes are compensated for with action. (The Associated Press) 1 hour, 51 minutes. Grade: */**
‘mother!’: (R) (for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language) Jennifer Lawrence gives the best performance of her career as a woman whose idyllic existence is shattered when her home is invaded by her poet husband’s worshipful cult. (The Associated Press) 2 hours.