MDA congratulates team, Canadarm2 installed and operational


BRAMPTON, ON, April 29, 2001 -- The Canadarm2 has been successfully delivered and installed on the International Space Station (ISS). MD Robotics, a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler (TSE:MDA), developed Canadarm2 for the Canadian Space Agency. The innovative design and revolutionary capability of the new arm is essential to the further construction and maintenance of the International Space Station (ISS).

The installation of the Canadarm2 on the ISS was skillfully accomplished last Sunday, April 22 with the able assistance of two other notable Canadians, Astronaut Chris Hadfield and the original Canadarm.

Then on Saturday, April 28, after a few days delay due to computer problems on board the Space Station, the shuttle and station crews successfully completed the first dual robotic arm operation ever conducted in space. Using the new Canadarm2, they transferred the pallet on which it was launched over to the original Canadarm for return to Endeavour's payload bay.

"It's a big relief for us," said MD Robotics VP and General Manager Mag Iskander, "we're extremely proud of the team that worked with us. This is a huge accomplishment."

Canadarm2 is the first of three Mobile Servicing System components developed by MD Robotics. The second component scheduled to be launched in 2002 is the Mobile Base System followed by the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, a new dual armed robot, in 2004.

MD Robotics, a subsidiary of MacDonald Dettwiler, is the world's leading space robotics company, committed to offering hi-tech, sophisticated robotic and engineering solutions for space and terrestrial applications.

Related web sites:

* http://www.mda.ca
* http://www.mdrobotics.ca
* http://www.space.gc.ca

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For further information:

Lynne Vanin
Manager, Public Affairs
MD Robotics Ltd.
Brampton, Ontario
(905) 790-4466, lvanin@mdrobotics.ca

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