RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that its meteorological instrument package is now destined for Mars onboard
the Phoenix Lander. Phoenix will land on Mars in May 2008 with several
instruments on board to study the history of water on the planet.
Canada is contributing the meteorological (MET) component to this mission
that will collect data about the Martian climate and weather. The MET
instrument package was built by MDA in partnership with Optech Incorporated
and will provide information on the current state of the Martian atmosphere -
in essence a Martian weather report.
The Phoenix mission represents the first time that an MDA solution has
gone beyond earth's orbit, a deliberate diversification of the company's
business that will continue with solutions on the next two Mars missions as
well. Funding for the Canadian MET Station is provided by the Canadian Space
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.
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, Manager, Public Affairs, (905)
790-4466; Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604) 231-2743,