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MDA awarded key technology development work for space exploration and communications

January 21, 2014

RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW/ – MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, announced today that
it has been awarded multiple strategic technology development contracts
by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The contracts, with a combined
value of approximately CA$3 million, are funded under CSA’s Space
Technology Development Program whose mandate is to advance key
technologies to support future Canadian space exploration missions and
support industrial capacity building.

Several of the contracted projects are expected to advance technologies
which enable more ambitious approaches to robotic spacecraft servicing,
robotic systems that can operate in more challenging space
environments, and instruments for planetary exploration.

One project is to focus on advancing the development of deployable
ultra-high frequency (UHF) antennas used for satellite communication.
UHF antennas are normally rigid and deployed at full size; this project
seeks to develop an antenna that could be folded, resulting in a very
compact size for launch. The antenna could then deploy to its full
length once the final orbital position is reached. Reducing the size of
the antenna at launch could benefit initiatives such as small
satellites and hosted payloads.

“These contracts build on MDA’s reputation of developing a broad range
of innovative space-based solutions,” commented Don Osborne, the
general manager responsible for this business. “They will help to
accelerate strategic technologies for future space 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. 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.

Related Websites:

www.mdacorporation.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This 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 the award of government contracts. 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, but are not limited to: 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.

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.

SOURCE MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.


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