MDA announces successful launch of Canada's DND Sapphire satellite

MDA announces successful launch of Canada's DND Sapphire satellite 
RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. 
("MDA" or "the Company") (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information 
solutions, announced today that the Sapphire satellite developed by MDA for 
Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) has been launched into its 
proper orbit, and communication with the satellite has been established. The 
satellite was launched out of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, 
India on February 25, 2013 at 4:26a.m. PST. 
Canada's Sapphire is the Department of National Defence's first dedicated 
operational military satellite. This space-based electro-optical sensor will 
track man-made space objects in Earth's orbit between 6,000 and 40,000 km in 
altitude, as part of Canada's continued support of Space Situational 
Awareness. Data from the Sapphire satellite will contribute to the U.S. Space 
Surveillance Network, enhancing the ability of both countries to detect and 
avoid the collision of critical space platforms with other satellites or 
pieces of debris. 
Daniel Friedmann, MDA's president and CEO said, "We are very pleased to see 
the Sapphire satellite successfully launched. This is MDA's first solution for 
the growing space surveillance market. Studies have shown that with increases 
in space debris, and the threat to the systems and services growing, 
space-based space surveillance will become more and more crucial to provide 
collision avoidance capabilities and prevent system and service loss." 
MDA will also operate and maintain the Sapphire System for five years 
following system commissioning, expected approximately three months from 
deployment. The Company's responsibilities include relaying assigned taskings 
from DND to the satellite, processing the collected information, and sending 
the data to the Sensor System Operations Centre (SSOC) operated by DND at 22 
Wing in North Bay, Ontario. Upon receipt of the processed data, the SSOC will 
correlate, identify, archive and transmit the information to the United 
States' Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC). 
MDA is the prime contractor for the Sapphire program. The Sapphire contractor 
team includes Terma A/S of Herlev, Denmark, COM DEV International of 
Cambridge, Ontario, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. of Surrey, England. 
The launch provider is Antrix Corporation Ltd. of Sriharikota, India. 
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. In addition the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced 
technology development. 
MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500 
employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and 
internationally. 
The Company's common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA. 
About Terma
Terma develops products and systems for defense, non-defense, and security 
applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, 
self-protection systems for ships and aircraft, space technology, and advanced 
aerostructures for the international aircraft industry. The company, 
headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark, has a total staff of 1,100 and realized 2011 
revenues of USD 248 million, and maintains international subsidiaries and 
operations in The Netherlands, Germany, Singapore, and in the U.S. 
About COM DEV
COM DEV International Ltd. (www.comdevintl.com) is a leading global provider 
of space hardware and services. The company has a staff of 1,300, annual 
revenues of $208 million, and facilities in Canada, the United Kingdom and the 
United States. COM DEV designs, manufactures, and integrates advanced 
products, subsystems and microsatellites that are sold to major satellite 
prime contractors, government agencies and satellite operators, for use in 
communications, space science, remote sensing and defense applications. The 
company has won contracts to supply its equipment on over 900 spacecraft. COM 
DEV's majority-owned subsidiary, exactEarth Ltd., provides satellite data 
services for global maritime surveillance. 
About SSTL
Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) is the world's leading small 
satellite company, delivering operational space missions for a range of 
applications including Earth observation, science and communications. The 
Company designs, manufactures and operates high performance satellites and 
ground systems for a fraction of the price normally associated with space 
missions, with 500 staff working on turnkey satellite platforms, space-proven 
satellite subsystems and optical instruments. 
Since 1981 SSTL has built and launched 39 satellites - as well as providing 
training and development programmes, consultancy services, and mission studies 
for ESA, NASA, international governments and commercial customers, with its 
innovative approach that is changing the economics of space. Headquartered in 
Guildford, UK, SSTL is owned by Astrium BV. 
About Antrix
Antrix Corporation Limited is a wholly owned Government of India Company under 
the administrative control of the Department of Space, Government of India. 
Antrix Corporation Limited was incorporated as a private limited company owned 
by Government of India, in September 1992 as a Marketing arm of Indian Space 
Research Organization (ISRO) for promotion and commercial exploitation of 
space products, technical consultancy services and transfer of technologies 
developed by ISRO. Another major objective is to facilitate development of 
space related industrial capabilities in India. 
Related Websites: www.mdacorporation.com www.terma.com www.comdevintl.com 
www.sstl.co.uk www.antrix.gov.in 
Forward-Looking Statements
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reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or 
the "Company") with respect to future events and financial performance. When 
used in this news release, the words "believes", "expects", "plans", "may", 
"will", "would", "could", "should", "anticipates", "estimates", "project", 
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information. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations 
expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of known 
and unknown risks and uncertainties. Known risks and uncertainties include but 
are not limited to: risks associated with operating satellites and providing 
satellite services, including satellite construction or launch delays, launch 
failures, in-orbit failures or impaired satellite performance; risks 
associated with satellite manufacturing, including competition, cyclicality of 
MDA's end-user markets, contractual risks, creditworthiness of customers, 
performance of suppliers and management of MDA's factory and personnel; risk 
associated with financial factors such as volatility in exchange rates, 
increases in interest rates, restrictions on access to capital, and swings in 
global financial markets; risks associated with domestic and foreign 
government regulation, including export controls and economic sanctions; and 
other risks, including litigation. The foregoing list of important factors is 
not exhaustive. The information contained in this news release reflects MDA's 
beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of 
this news release. Except as required by law, MDA disclaims any obligation or 
undertaking to update or revise the information herein. 
For additional information with respect to certain of these risks or factors, 
plus additional risks or factors, reference should be made to the Company's 
continuous disclosure materials filed from time to time with Canadian 
securities regulatory authorities, which are available online under the 
Company's profile at www.sedar.com or on the Company's website at 
www.mdacorporation.com. 
The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or 
content of this release. 
Wendy Keyzer MDA External Relations (604) 231-2743 wendy@mdacorporation.com 
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