MDA to help map an asteroid

RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. 
("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information 
solutions, announced today that it has received a contract for CA$15.8 million 
from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for the preliminary design of an advanced 
technology solution for NASA's New Frontiers Program—OSIRIS-REx, the next 
planetary science mission to another celestial body in our solar system. 
Total contract value for initial phases received to-date are valued at $19 
NASA plans to launch a spacecraft in 2016 to study and return an asteroid 
sample to Earth in 2023. As the spacecraft comes within seven kilometers of 
the asteroid, MDA's solution will be used to perform comprehensive surface 
mapping operations that provide topographical maps that will assist in 
navigating the spacecraft towards the asteroid and identifying potential 
sample acquisition sites. 
This contract builds on MDA's heritage of flight-proven science instruments 
that have contributed to helping to revolutionize our understanding of the 
early Solar system, planet formation and the origin of life. MDA announced in 
June 2010 it was on candidate teams selected by NASA to conduct initial 
studies for a deep space exploration mission. 
The CSA is supporting a Canadian Science team and the development of the 
science instrument for the Mission. 
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 
The Company's common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA. 
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the "Company") with respect to future events and financial performance. The 
forward-looking statements in this regard include statements regarding the 
award of a government contract. Any such forward-looking statements are 
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light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. The factors 
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that could cause actual results to differ materially from current 
expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties 
materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results 
may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual 
results to differ from current expectations include changes in government 
priorities, mandates, policies, funding levels, contracts and regulations; 
failure of third parties and subcontractors; and failure of systems to meet 
performance requirements. 
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CONTACT: Wendy Keyzer MDA External Relations (604) 231-2743 
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