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CSA and MDA Developing Robotics Concepts to Support Future Space Exploration

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, June 13, 2001 The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and MacDonald Dettwiler (TSE:MDA) subsidiary, MD Robotics, announce a $2.5M co-funded project to develop concepts for low-mass, low-power and low-cost manipulators for use in future planetary exploration missions.

"Investment in cutting edge technology development reinforces Canada's leadership and innovation in space robotics and supports our potential participation in future space exploration missions," said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency.

Daniel Friedmann, MDA President and CEO added, "We are extremely excited to be involved in the development of planetary exploration robotics. We commend the government for its continued commitment to Canada's pioneering efforts in space. These investments will also open up growing opportunities in commercial markets requiring this advanced technology."

"This activity demonstrates the commitment of MD Robotics to remain the world space robotics leader. It will prepare Canada to play a key role in international missions as the world space community focuses its attention on the exploration of Mars and other targets in our solar system," stated Dr. Christian Sallaberger, Director of Space Exploration at MD Robotics.

As the use of space develops and new frontiers are explored, the demand for robotic devices continues to grow. Robots will be the early explorers and builders, developing the infrastructure for future manned exploration missions.

About MD Robotics

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

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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For more information:

CSA Media Relations Office
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
Fax: (514) 943-4352
Web site: http://www.space.gc.ca

Lynne Vanin
Manager, Public Affairs
MD Robotics
Telephone: (905) 790-4466
Email: lvanin@mdrobotics.ca

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