NASA awards MDA contract for on-going support of Robotics



    RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has received a contract worth $39.5 million (CAD), with options of a
further $36.3 million (CAD) to provide continued support to NASA's Johnson
Space Center for robotic elements.
    The contract continues sustaining engineering services provided by MDA to
support the Space Shuttle Canadarm and its inspection boom, as well as the
Robotic Work Station on the ISS. This follow-on contract will continue that
support through late 2010.
    Renewal of the main robotic elements on the International Space Station
are not included within this contract. Solutions developed by MDA have
supported manned spaceflight for over 25 years and are transitioning to
solutions for future exploration and servicing missions, as well as
applications in hostile environments here on Earth.
    The Canadian Commercial Corporation is acting as the contracting agency
between MDA and NASA and has executed the contract.

    About MDA

    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
worldwide.
    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.

    Related Websites:

    www.mdacorporation.com

    Forward-Looking Statements
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    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)
231-2743, wendy@mdacorporation.com


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