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MDA to develop Payload Orbital Delivery system for US Government's satellite servicing demonstration

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013

 RICHMOND, BC , Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald , Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that it has been authorized to proceed with development of a Payload Orbital Delivery system (POD) for the DARPA Phoenix mission.   The expected contract value for full development of the flight system is US$6 million .

The POD concept is an innovative and cost-effective solution to rapidly deliver small packages to geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) using surplus capacity on regularly launched communication satellites. PODs seeks to demonstrate a new faster delivery capability for DARPA's Phoenix mission and capability for future applications of assembly and servicing.

The POD concept aims to expand the hosted payload market by offering a flexible launch and delivery solution for smaller, unconventional payloads or missions.  Specific to the Phoenix demo mission, the POD would deliver a new class of very small 'satlets,' similar in mass to nano satellites, which, when robotically attached to all or part of a retired satellite via Phoenix , would show the ability to create a new space system in orbit.

"MDA is eager to move forward on key capabilities that the Phoenix mission intends to demonstrate," said Don Osborne , MDA's vice president responsible for this business. "We believe the state of technology readiness, and our proven track record in hosted payloads and on-orbit servicing, would enable the success of the proposed Phoenix Demonstration Mission and sets the stage for future operational applications."

Details of the original announcement were provided in the Company's news release dated October 18, 2012 .

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About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States , Canada , and internationally.

The Company's common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

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