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For immediate release: December 21, 2004

MDA to Provide Key Solution for Future Space Operations

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (TSX: MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, today announced that it has received $6.5 million CDN from Lockheed Martin Corporation to supply a solution for rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope. This agreement is distinct from MDA's potential award from NASA to provide a Hubble servicing solution.

MDA's solution would allow two spacecraft to rendezvous autonomously. The spacecraft that is destined to rendezvous and dock with, and de-orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope will use this solution. This precise capability for unmanned operations has been identified by NASA as one of the keys to future space operations.

A similar MDA solution, the result of MDA's earlier 2001 $11.7 million CDN contract, has already been delivered for use in a military satellite mission projected to be launched within the next few months.

MDA develops its rendezvous and docking solutions in partnership with Optech of Toronto, Ontario.

About MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

MDA (TSX: MDA) provides businesses and governments around the world with essential information solutions used for decision making. Operating from offices across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., MDA is active in data collection, information extraction, and information distribution.

Related Websites:
www.mdacorporation.com
www.mdrobotics.ca
www.lockheedmartin.com/



For more information, please contact:

Lynne Vanin
Manager, Public Affairs
MDA Brampton Facility
Telephone: (905) 790-4466
E-mail: lynne.vanin@mdacorporation.com


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