COM DEV Announces Micro-Satellite Capability

    Spacecraft will offer solutions to safety, security and surveillance

    CAMBRIDGE, ON, June 17 /CNW/ - COM DEV International Ltd. (TSX: CDV), a
leading manufacturer of space hardware subsystems, today announced that it has
formally commenced a $7M internally funded program to develop an advanced
micro-satellite platform and associated micro-sat mission capability. This
initiative represents a strategic expansion beyond the Company's traditional
role as an equipment, instrumentation and subsystem supplier, designed to take
advantage of a trend towards smaller, more responsive satellites.
    COM DEV will develop a capability to design and manufacture a class of
micro-satellites that can be used to satisfy a range of emerging national and
international requirements in a highly cost-effective manner. The spacecraft
platform will support a range of applications including surveillance,
security, environmental monitoring, scientific analysis and communications.
The design will meet all micro-satellite requirements set out by the Canadian
Space Agency, and exceed them in the areas of power generation and data
downlink capacity. COM DEV's strategy is to create a single bus design that
can be tailored to the needs of multiple missions.
    "Micro-satellites offer cost-effective access to space, enabling a much
broader range of applications which support Canada's national interests as
well as the needs of the global community. With a renewed focus in Canada on
the strategic significance of the space industry, we believe it is an
opportune time to provide several federal departments with novel, space-based
solutions," said John Keating, CEO of COM DEV International Ltd. "From a
corporate perspective, micro-satellites represent an attractive growth
opportunity that takes advantage of our decades of space engineering
expertise, while avoiding the territory of our existing customers who focus on
much larger spacecraft."
    Micro-satellites represent an emerging opportunity made possible by the
ongoing miniaturization of key spacecraft components, and a performance
oriented approach to spacecraft design and testing. At 150 kilograms or less,
they are a fraction of the size of traditional geostationary Earth orbit (GEO)
satellites, and can be built and launched relatively quickly and cost
effectively. As a result, micro-satellites can now be employed from low Earth
orbit (LEO) to satisfy a range of emerging, niche applications. COM DEV is
currently engaged in a number of activities with various customer groups on a
global basis to demonstrate the utility that can be achieved through the use
of micro-satellite-based technologies.

    COM DEV and COM DEV USA are registered trademarks of COM DEV
International Ltd. 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.

For further information:

For further information: Gary Calhoun, Chief Financial Officer, Tel:
(519) 622-2300 ext. 2826, Fax: (519) 622-2158,; Jeff
Codispodi, The Equicom Group, Tel: (416) 815-0700 ext. 261, Fax: (416)

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