Magellan Aerospace awarded contract for RADARSAT Constellation Mission bus development



    TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ - Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced today
the award to its Winnipeg-based division, Bristol Aerospace, of the RADARSAT
Constellation Mission (RCM) satellite bus development contract with MacDonald,
Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) of Vancouver.
    The RCM mission is being developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to
provide C-Band data continuity to existing RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2 users. As
well, the RCM mission will support maritime surveillance (ship detection, ice
monitoring and oil spill detection), disaster management and ecosystem
monitoring. The primary areas of coverage are Canada and its surrounding
Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic maritime areas. The mission will be comprised of
three spacecraft in low earth orbit, each carrying a C-band Synthetic Aperture
Radar (SAR) payload. The expected launch dates are 2014, 2015 and 2016.
    The initial contract, valued at $6M Cdn, will have a period of
performance through the end of 2009, and is for the Phase B Preliminary Design
of the satellite bus, or platform, which is the service module section of the
satellite. Further contracts are expected to follow for the Detailed Design
and Manufacture, Integration and Test phases of the program, upon Government
approval for full program funding. The RCM bus development and manufacture
will be conducted at Magellan's facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
    The RCM bus will be based on the MAC-200 small satellite bus that was
first developed for the CSA's CASSIOPE program. The MAC-200 bus was delivered
to the customer in March 2008 and is now undergoing spacecraft-level testing
at the CSA's David Florida Laboratory in Ottawa, with an expected launch date
in 2010. The MAC-200 bus will be upgraded to accommodate the large, deployable
C-band SAR antenna and to increase the power subsystem capacity for the radar
payload. New GPS and propulsion subsystems will be added to support the
precision orbit maintenance requirements. Upgrades will be made to the bus
avionics to support the seven-year mission lifetime. These latest developments
of the MAC-200 bus follow on the success of Magellan's SCISAT-1, the first
small satellite developed in Canada in over 40 years. SCISAT-1 continues to
perform flawlessly in orbit after over 5 1/2 years, providing scientists with
critical data on the ozone layer and other atmospheric constituents.

    About Magellan Aerospace:

    Magellan Aerospace is one of the world's most integrated and
comprehensive aerospace industry suppliers. Magellan designs, engineers, and
manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for
aerospace markets, advanced products for military and space markets, and
complementary specialty products. Magellan is a public company whose shares
trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MAL), with operating units
throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

    Forward Looking Statements:

    This press release contains information and statements of a
forward-looking nature and is based on assumptions and uncertainties as well
as on management's reasonable evaluation of future events. These statements
are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties
that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond the Corporation's control. A
number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ
materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: Don Boitson, Vice President & General Manager,
Bristol Aerospace, Tel: (204) 788-2832, E: don.boitson@magellan.aero


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