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MDA receives $5.4 million to support Space Station robotics

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSE: MDA) announced today the company has been awarded contracts by NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to provide continued engineering support for the International Space Station.

The NASA contract, valued at up to $4.25 million (CDN), runs through to July 2005, extending the technical services provided by MDA subsidiary MD Space Robotics since 1997. The new funds will be used for the integration of Space Station software models into NASA simulators, flight operations support for the Mobile Servicing System, data definition and tracking, and various robotic studies.

The CSA contract, valued at $1.1 million, is for flight operations support of the Canadarm2 and future Canadian robotics elements that will be installed on the Space Station. The contract runs until March 2002, with an option for an additional year. This is a continuation of work MDA has performed for the CSA over the past three years in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.

The Robotic Work Station and the Canadarm2 were successfully installed earlier this year on the International Space Station. Other MDA robotics systems, the Mobile Base System and the SPDM (the new two-armed robot), are scheduled for launch in 2002 and 2003 respectively.

Related Web sites:

* http://www.mda.ca

* http://www.mdrobotics.ca

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

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For further information:
Ted Schellenberg
Media Relations, MacDonald Dettwiler
(604) 231-2215, teds@mda.ca

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