MDA Awarded $2.3 Million Study Contract for Mission to Mars

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2003

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced today that the company's subsidiary, MD Robotics, has been awarded a $2.3 million (CDN) contract by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to fulfill a CSA commitment to NASA to jointly develop concepts for the NASA- led Mars Science Laboratory mission.

Mag Iskander, Vice President of MDA's Robotics team, commented: "This is a tremendous opportunity for Canadian scientists and engineers to work with other world leaders in the development of Mars missions."

Without committing CSA or NASA to future phases, this work will allow the Canadian space industry to remain at the leading edge in key niche areas that could be relevant to any future missions to Mars.

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