MDA plays significant role in planning future global space explorations

    RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today it
has been selected to deliver concept design solutions to support planning of
Canada's potential participation in global space exploration. The Canadian
Space Agency contracts are worth $1.8 million (CAD).
    CSA is exploring future opportunities for Canadian participation in the
new global space exploration initiative together with NASA and the other
international space agencies. CSA has awarded MDA contracts to study three
such opportunities: Canadian robotics for on-orbit servicing, a Canadian human
lunar rover concept, and a Canadian robotic lunar lander mission. In each case
MDA will work with leading companies and universities across Canada to develop
potential concepts and Canadian roles.
    Steve Oldham, MDA's vice-president in charge of this business said, "The
award builds on MDA's 30-year heritage as a prime contractor for major
Canadian space science and technology initiatives, from RADARSAT and the
Canadarms, to the recent Martian arctic weather station."
    The team of companies and universities will provide world-class expertise
and an exciting mixture of established and new partnerships that can support
CSA's exploration goals of maintaining Canadian industry and academia at the
forefront of international space science and technology research, while
serving the national interest and helping Canadians meet the challenges of the
21st Century.
    The studies will be conducted during 2009.

    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 3,300 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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