MDA awarded NASA contract

    RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has received a $7 million (CAD) contract from NASA to develop an
enhanced platform for Dextre, a component of the Canadian Mobile Servicing
System for the International Space Station. The contract also provides for
real-time mission support of Shuttle robotics.
    The Mobile Servicing System is Canada's contribution to the International
Space Station. The Mobile Servicing System, including Canadarm2 and Dextre a
versatile, high precision two-armed dexterous manipulator, are built and
supported by MDA under contract to the Canadian Space Agency.
    Dextre will take its place on the International Space Station in March
this year equipped with a temporary platform. Under this contract MDA will
build a new, enhanced, multi-sided rotating platform to replace the temporary
platform. The new platform is expected to be installed, on-orbit, in 2010.
    The Mobile Servicing Systems will play a central role in the maintenance
of the International Space Station over the coming years, and continued
mission planning, ground control and maintenance of these components will
remain essential to the operation of the Mobile Servicing System.
    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
    Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential,
MDA delivers a broad spectrum of 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.

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    Forward-Looking Statements

    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)

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