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Press release from CNW Group

MDA provides continued support for international space station

Friday, March 02, 2012

MDA provides continued support for international space station17:00 EST Friday, March 02, 2012RICHMOND, BC, March 2, 2012 /CNW/ -MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, announced today that it has signed a contract amendment worth CA$14.7 million with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for logistics and sustaining engineering requirements for the Mobile Servicing System.  This amendment extends the work through March 2013, bringing the total contract value to CA $152.7 million.The Mobile Servicing System was developed under contract to the CSA as Canada's contribution to the international space station (ISS).  A permanent resident on the ISS, the Mobile Servicing System, which includes Canadarm2, Dextre and the Mobile Base System, is essential to the ongoing operations of the ISS. These three robotic components also provide support for berthing of visiting vehicles and on-going maintenance. The ISS is expected to remain in operation through 2020.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.- ### -Related Websites:www.mdacorporation.comwww.asc-csa.gc.caForward-Looking StatementsThis release contains forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") with respect to future events and financial performance.  The forward-looking statements in this regard include statements regarding a government contract amendment.  Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends. The factors and assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements in this release include contracts with any government agency not being terminated.  Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties 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, funding levels, contracts and regulations; failure of third parties and subcontractors; and failure of systems to meet performance requirements.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 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. For further information: Wendy Keyzer MDA External Relations (604) 231-2743 wendy@mdacorporation.com