MDA books contract amendment to support commissioning preparations for service manipulator on the International Space Station

    RICHMOND, BC, March 28 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that it has signed a contract amendment valued at CAD $8.7 million with the
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to support ongoing operations of the Mobile
Servicing System and upcoming pre-launch activities preparing Dextre for
operation aboard the International Space Station.
    Scheduled for launch later this year, MDA is preparing final procedures
for deployment and initial activation of Dextre once it arrives in space.
Dextre, a versatile, high precision two-armed dexterous manipulator, is part
of the Mobile Servicing System, Canada's contribution to the International
Space Station. The Mobile Servicing System, including Canadarm2 and Dextre are
built and supported by MDA under contract to CSA. Dextre will play a central
role in the maintenance of the International Space Station over the coming
    Paul Cooper, general manager of MDA's Brampton Operations, said: "The
additional CSA funding for Dextre will allow MDA to deliver optimal pre-launch
support. We're proud to play an ongoing role in the mission and are very
pleased that our systems provide the dependability and versatility required to
support Space Station operations."

    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 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.

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    Forward-Looking Statement
    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: Lynne Vanin, Public Relations, (905) 790-4466,; Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)

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