Press Release

MDA Provides Operational Support to Asteroid Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
January 18, 2017
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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX:MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has received a contract for CA$3.7 million from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission. MDA will provide operations engineering support for the CSA’s contribution to the mission, the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) instrument, which will provide ranging and topographic data of the asteroid Bennu. It will allow scientists to create a high resolution 3D model of its surface. Launched in September 2016, OSIRIS-REx is planned to reach Bennu in late 2018.

Marc Donato, MDA’s general manager responsible for this business said, “MDA is proud to be part of the team of scientists and engineers that will deliver the first-ever NASA-led sample return asteroid mission.”

This latest contract demonstrates MDA’s continued involvement as a leading Canadian supplier to CSA of space exploration instruments for joint US-Canada missions.

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDA.”

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