Media Advisory - A call to halt the sale of Macdonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) to Alliant Techsystems

    OTTAWA, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Hugh Thompson, an 8-year spacecraft
systems engineer at MDA and Steven Staples, President of Rideau Institute will
hold a press conference to call on the Industry Minister to halt the sale of
MDA's space division to Alliant Techsystems, a US company that describes
itself as, "the world's leading manufacturer of rocket motor systems for space
launch vehicles, strategic missiles, prompt global strike missiles, and
missile defense interceptors."
    The press conference comes on the heels of the Industry Committee's
hearing on the sale of MDA to ATK, and amid growing concerns about the
negative impact this sale will have on Canada's space sector, national
sovereignty and security, and on Canada's future capacity to participate in
future space missions. The sale was announced three weeks after MDA launched
the world's most advanced "synthetic aperture radar" satellite, a Canadian
invention called RADARSAT-2, on December 14, 2007.

    WHEN:     MARCH 6, 2008
    TIME:     11:00 AM
    WHERE:    130S, CENTRE BLOCK (Charles Lynch Room)

For further information:

For further information: Steven Staples, (613) 565-9449 ext. 24, cell:
(613) 290-2695

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