COM DEV appoints Roberta Bondar to Board of Directors

CAMBRIDGE, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), a leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that Dr. Roberta Bondar has been appointed to its Board of Directors.  Dr. Bondar has expertise as both a research scientist in neurology and as an astronaut, flying onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1992.

"We are very pleased to welcome Roberta to our board," said Terry Reidel, Chairman of the Board of Directors.  "Her experience in the space industry and in high level research will add valuable perspective and strategic insight as we pursue our long-term growth strategy."

Roberta Bondar's successful career as a researcher in the field of neurology led to her selection in 1983 as one of the original six astronauts for the Canadian space program.  After many years of intense training, she participated as a payload specialist with the first International Microgravity Laboratory Mission in January, 1992, becoming the first Canadian woman to go into space.  She spent eight days in space, conducting numerous experiments and photographing the earth's surface.  Post flight she headed an international space medicine team working for many years with NASA.

Dr. Bondar holds a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph, a M.Sc. from the University of Western Ontario, a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of Toronto, and a medical degree from McMaster University.  A Board Certified Neurologist, she has received numerous honours during her career, including Officer of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, twenty-four honorary degrees, and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( is a leading global provider of space hardware and services.  With facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, COM DEV manufactures advanced subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. COM DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data services.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.

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SOURCE Com Dev International Ltd.

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Gary Calhoun
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Tel:  (519) 622-2300 ext. 2826
      Jeff Codispodi
The Equicom Group
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