RICHMOND, BC, June 27 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that Dextre, the special purpose dexterous manipulator developed under
contract from the Canadian Space Agency, has been delivered to NASA's Kennedy
Space Center in Florida, where it will undergo final preparations for delivery
to, and installation on the International Space Station.
Dextre is a component of the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), Canada's
contribution to the International Space Station. Two other components of the
MSS, which are already operational on the space station, are the Mobile Base
and the Canadarm2.
Once installed as an extension of the Canadarm2, the highly dexterous
dual-armed solution will be able to touch, sense, and respond much like a
human, and is expected to be used for many of the servicing and assembly tasks
currently performed by astronauts on space walks. Continued operations and
maintenance support for the components that make up the MSS will remain
essential to ensure optimal performance throughout its life on the
International Space Station.
If you are interested in more information on Dextre, including pictures
of its voyage and processing at Kennedy Space Center as well as information on
Canada's Mobile Servicing System, visit the MDA website at:
MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast
amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision
making and operational performance of business and government organizations
Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of earth and space based information solutions,
ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to
electronic information products.
MDA employs more than 3,000 people in locations across the United States,
the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.
This release contains forward-looking statements and information, which
reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. with
respect to future events and financial performance. Any such forward-looking
statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and MDA's actual results of
operations could differ materially from historical results or current
expectations. Additional information on these and other potential factors that
could affect MDA's financial results are detailed in documents filed from time
to time with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities.
The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form
or content of this release.
For further information:
For further information: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)