RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that
its UK subsidiary has received authorization to proceed from the
European Space Agency (ESA) for the development and construction of a
Ka band Data Relay terminal flight model for use on the ESA Columbus
module of the International Space Station (ISS). The contract is
expected to total approximately 14 million euros, and is planned to
finalize before the end of 2014.
A flight model is a system or component that is qualified for use in
space, and in satellite communications. MDA's terminal will complement
existing communication systems on board the ISS, and using Ka band, it
will enable higher bandwidth to provide ESA with an independent
connection for faster delivery of scientific data and High Definition
Video imagery between the ISS and ground stations.
Don Osborne, MDA's group vice president of Information Systems said, "We
would like to recognize the support this commercial data relay program
received from the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, and our
With the development of the Ka band Data Relay terminal, LEO science and
remote sensing satellites will also be able to obtain individualized
real-time information relay capabilities according to the needs of the
user. MDA's UK subsidiary is based at Harwell, which is one of the
potential locations of the relay downlink facility to which ISS
communications from the ESA Columbus module will be directed.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing
operational solutions to commercial and government organizations
MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat
business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the
Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts
a significant amount of advanced technology development.
MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800
employees operating from 11 locations in the United States, Canada, and
The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol "MDA."
This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
("MDA" or the "Company") with respect to future events and financial
performance. The forward-looking statements in this regard include
statements regarding the award of a contract with an intergovernmental
agency. Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA's current
expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its
experience and its perception of historical trends. The factors and
assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this release
include contracts with any government or intergovernmental agency not
being terminated. Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from current expectations. MDA cautions readers that
should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying
assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from
those expected. The risks that could cause actual results to differ
from current expectations include, but are not necessarily limited to,
changes in government or intergovernmental priorities, mandates,
funding levels, contracts and regulations; satellite failure; failure
of third parties and subcontractors; failure to anticipate changes in
technology, technical standards and offerings or to comply with the
For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or
factors, plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to
the Company's continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time
with Canadian securities regulatory authorities, which are available
online at www.sedar.com or on the Company's website at www.mdacorporation.com.
The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
or content of this release.
SOURCE: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
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