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MDA supports signing of Canada-Japan space cooperation agreement

March 25, 2012

Richmond, B.C. - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), a provider of essential information solutions, today applauded the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to pursue cooperation in the area of space.

MDA has been conducting business for two decades with Japanese partners. This business covered a wide range of products, including satellite's ground stations, geospatial information, space robotics and communication satellite subsystems.

MDA values its collaboration with the Japanese space agency and other industrial partners in Japan. This MOU will create the environment for new opportunities for companies like MDA, and strengthen this important relationship.

MDA looks forward to growing its business ties in Japan, particularly in the area of communications, space exploration and Earth observation.

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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.

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