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MDA to Develop Next Generation Tech for Space Exploration

Published by Matt on Thu Sep 23, 2010 9:33 am
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MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has signed a contract worth $6 million (CAD) with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to provide an advanced technology solution for CSA’s Exploration Surface Mobility program. As prime contractor, MDA will lead a team that will design, build and test a Mars Exploration and Science Rover (MESR) Prototype.Scheduled to be integrated and tested with a number of Canadian payloads in 2012, MDA’s advanced technology solution will result in the development of key enabling technologies that could be used not only for potential space exploration missions, but also several ground-based applications, for example in mining, transportation, medical, and security sectors.

Steve Oldham, the vice-president responsible for this business said, ‘MDA has a long and proud history of providing advanced robotic solutions for Canada’s space exploration program, and MESR will be valuable in maintaining our technology readiness for future missions. We are pleased to be broadening synergy and cooperation with academia and leading industrial organizations from the terrestrial vehicle sector to preserve and advance Canada’s technological leadership.’

Please click here for an image (Photo Caption: Artist concept of the Canadian MESR rover prototype being remotely tested in Mars-like terrain)

About MDA

MDA provides advanced information solutions that capture and process vast amounts of data, produce essential information, and improve the decision making and operational performance of business and government organizations worldwide.

Focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, MDA delivers a broad spectrum of information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

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

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