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Canadian Space Agency Awards MDA Contracts

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

RADARSAT-2 READIED to Support PROPOSED Tandem Mission with RADARSAT-3

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, June 20, 2001 - The Canadian Space Agency announced today the awarding of two contracts totaling $ 6.7 million to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSE: MDA). MDA will, under the first contract for a total amount of $5.7 million, implement specific modifications to the RADARSAT-2 spacecraft to support a proposed tandem mission with RADARSAT-3. The second contract awarded to the Richmond-based company, worth $1 million, provides for the implementation of the second phase of a Mission Definition Study including the preparation of a detailed implementation plan for RADARSAT-3.

The RADARSAT-2 and 3 tandem mission will provide the capability to capture high-resolution three-dimensional images of the Earth's surface on an ongoing basis, and will maintain Canada's leadership in the application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology.

"This innovative project led jointly by the Canadian Space Agency and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. will strengthen Canada's leadership and expertise in the growing field of Earth Observation", said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Moreover, this new use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology offers great potential to expand our reach in new sectors of activity, thus strengthening Canada's ability to effectively compete in global markets".

"Right now, with these contract awards from the Canadian Space Agency, we have a unique window of opportunity to implement these improvements to RADARSAT-2 and prepare the way for a potential future tandem mission with RADARSAT-3", said Daniel Friedmann, President and CEO of MDA. The tandem mission would provide us with an important data source and allow us to produce for the first time, complete 3-D elevation mapping of the entire planet".

The launch of RADARSAT-2 is now expected for late 2003.

About MDA

MacDonald Dettwiler is an information company that provides essential information from anywhere in the world, for decision making in the workplace. The Company operates its business through two principal groups: The Information Products Group delivers essential land information products and services that encompass legal, asset and geographical information; the Information Systems Group provides mission-critical information systems for monitoring activities on the planet, managing mobile assets and enabling mobile workforces. The Company employs 1,800 people through an international network of offices, subsidiaries and distributors.

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. Trough 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.

Photo illustration:

http://www.mda.ca/images/rsat_tandem.jpg

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For information

Ted Schellenberg
MacDonald Dettwiler
Tel (604) 231-2215
Teds@mda.ca
www.mda.ca

André Leclair
Senior Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Tel: (450) 926-4370
andre.leclair@space.gc.ca
www.espace.gc.ca

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