Satellite constellation launched for MDA's information solution for RapidEye

    RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 29 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
(TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today
that the satellite constellation for the information solution developed by MDA
for RapidEye AG of Germany has been launched into its proper orbit.
    Daniel Friedmann, MDA's president and CEO said: "We are very pleased to
see the five RapidEye satellites successfully launched. This important
milestone allows us to complete the delivery of the overall information
solution we are providing to RapidEye in support of their demanding business
plan. Our information solution demonstrates that lower cost small satellite
technology can now be deployed operationally to support business plans that
would otherwise not be economically viable."
    MDA's information solution for RapidEye includes a constellation of five
light weight Earth Observation small satellites of 150 kg each, the related
ground control, reception and processing infrastructure, and associated
training and support services. RapidEye AG will use the solution provided by
MDA to operate its business to deliver agricultural land information products
and services such as crop monitoring and mapping, yield prediction, and
natural disaster assessment. The RapidEye constellation has the capacity to
image any point on the Earth on any given day, providing RapidEye the ability
to frequently monitor changes at any location of interest around the world.
    As the prime contractor MDA designed the complete information solution
for RapidEye and carries full responsibility to deliver it at a fixed price.
MDA engaged three key subcontractors to implement the satellite constellation
portion of the solution. SSTL in Guildford, UK provided the spacecraft bus and
spacecraft control centre, and performed spacecraft assembly, integration, and
test. Jena Optronik GmbH of Jena, Germany provided the imaging payloads. The
launch of the five satellites was provided by the Russian company, ISC
Kosmotras using a Dnepr Launch Vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in
    The Canadian Commercial Corporation, a Government of Canada crown
corporation, is acting as the contracting agency between MDA and RapidEye AG.

    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 3,300 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.

    About RapidEye

    RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on
integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of
global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government,
security and emergency. RapidEye's experts and the satellite system - a
constellation of five satellites capable of downloading over 4 million km(2)
multi-spectral imagery per day, a control station and a ground segment for
processing and archiving data - allow for cost-effective customized management
information solutions. Currently more than 90 experts from more than 20
countries worldwide are employed by RapidEye. Following a successful launch,
plans are being made to increase the team to over 140.

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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: Wendy Keyzer, MDA External Relations, (604)

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