Representatives of The Boeing Company
and MacDonald Dettwiler’s wholly owned subsidiary, MD Robotics,
today signed a teaming agreement to reinforce their ongoing commitment to the
future of the International Space Station (ISS). This agreement establishes
the framework for present and future ISS support and represents a shared
vision of global cooperation for the two companies.

“MD Robotics and Boeing are actively working together on several
projects and this agreement is a natural progression of providing goods and
services for the operational phase of ISS,” said Brewster Shaw, Boeing ISS
vice president and general manager. “MD Robotics brings a unique capability
that contributes to our joint vision of the future of ISS.”

Under the teaming agreement Boeing and MD Robotics will work
cooperatively on an integrated approach for the long-term support of ISS.
agreement comprises a range of logistics activities, robotics system support,
and establishes a framework for existing and emerging space-related

“We are pleased to be partnered with Boeing for the long-term support of
the International Space Station,” said Mag Iskander, vice president and
general manager of MD Robotics. “Through this strategic partnership our
respective expertise in manned space systems will position us to support
commercial space markets.”

About MacDonald Dettwiler

MacDonald Dettwiler is a leading information systems and products company
and is recognized world wide for delivering groundbreaking technology in space
robotics, earth observation and communications satellites.
The Company is the
prime contractor to the Canadian Space Agency for the next generation of
exciting Canadian space programs including the RADARSAT-2 Earth Observation
Satellite, and the Mobile Servicing System, Canada’s contribution to the
International Space Station.
MacDonald Dettwiler employs 1700 people around
the world through a network of offices, subsidiaries, and distributors.

Boeing is NASA’s prime contractor to design, develop, manufacture and
assemble the Space Station.
ISS is orbiting overhead – visible from Earth in
the night sky. ISS is the largest international space venture ever undertaken
and a joint effort of 16 countries. When fully assembled in 2005, it will
house a crew of seven – working in 46,000 cubic feet of pressured volume
spread across six laboratories, two habitation modules, and two logistics

The most recent flight Zvezda, the Russian Service Module, docked to ISS
in July. The first astronaut crew, Expedition One, will be brought to ISS
later this year for their three-month stay. The U.S. Laboratory will be
launched aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in early 2001.