Note: The Canadian Space Agency president, NASA and CSA astronaut Chris Hadfield and a Boeing Company official will be among the government and industry leaders present during an award ceremony and press briefing for Canada-based EMS Technologies. The company will be honored for its work on the International Space Station (ISS).

EMS tests the space antennas for the ISS, and following the ceremony, reporters will take a tour of the EMS Compact Range, a NEVER BEFORE SEEN unique North American facility by reporters and where the antennas undergo final preship testing. Only one other facility exists in Europe. This anchoic chamber is very large and features two reflective radio mirrors that “trick” the antenna under test into believing that it is at an infinite distance from the radio source, actually in the same room.

During press briefing, all presiding officials will be available for a press question-and-answer session. Graphics of the facility are available in advance, and photos of the event will be available following the press tour of the Compact Range.

Media Advisory – Boeing to award Montreal company prestigious NASA award for a major contribution to the International Space Station

MONTREAL, Canada, Dec. 3, 2004 – The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], NASA’s prime contractor for the International Space Station, will award at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, EMS Technologies [Nasdaq – ELMG] of Montreal with the Boeing Exceptional Company Performance Award.

The performance award is part of NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program and is given annually to only one Boeing supplier per business category. It recognizes outstanding performance by companies that provide products and services in support of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.

EMS designed and manufactured all of the principal communications antennas for the International Space Station, the largest, most complex international scientific project in history.

Representatives from the Canadian Space Agency and other government officials will be in attendance.

Media representatives are invited to attend this event to be held at the EMS Technologies facilities in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. U.S. based media who cannot attend are invited to call in to the press conference at 800-895-1549 or 785-424-1057 several minutes before the 11 AM start time.


Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004

TIME: 12 p.m. (media attending are requested to be on site before 10:30 AM)


John Elbon, Vice President of the Boeing Company and Al Haase, Senior Vice President & General Manager of EMS Technologies will join be joined by Dr. Marc Garneau, President of the Canadian Space Agency along with astronaut Chris Hadfield


– Brief speeches and presentation of the award
– Interviews
– Tour of EMS’ facilities


EMS Technologies
21025 Trans Canada Highway
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
H9X 3R2 (514) 457-2150
In the Compact Far Field Antenna Test Range – a unique space communications test facility

Tanya E. Deason-Sharp
The Boeing Company-NASA Systems
Media Relations Specialist
281/226-6070 (p)
281/226-4591 (f)