MDA and Airbus celebrate 30 years of business relationship


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MONTREAL, QC – MDA, a business unit of Maxar Technologies, (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE/TSX: MAXR), has received a commemorative recognition from Airbus for 30 years of partnership. With over five decades as a supplier of satellite subsystems spanning hundreds of missions, MDA is proud to have been a key supplier to Airbus for three of these decades. During this period we have exported leading-edge Canadian technology that enhanced multiple Airbus space missions.

MDA will accept the recognition at its Montreal facility in a ceremony on November 10, 2017. Members of the media are invited.

SPAR Aerospace (now MDA) was awarded a contract in 1987 by DASA (a subsidiary of Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG, now part of Airbus) to develop a satellite subsystem that modulated radio frequencies for the ERS-1 program. ERS-1 was the ESA’s first Earth Observation program and its primary objective was to provide environmental monitoring. It had a pioneering role in the field of instrument development, and the introduction and demonstration of advanced observation technologies - a European success story. Our partnership was part of that success story which marked the beginning of a long-standing business relationship between two global leaders in space manufacturing.

Joanna Boshouwers, the vice president and general manager of MDA’s Montreal facility said, “We are very pleased to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our business relationship with Airbus. Over this period, our companies have jointly realized some of the most remarkable and innovative communications satellite payloads. We aim at working collaboratively with satellites primes worldwide, strengthening our global leadership in the development and manufacturing of innovative subsystems that position us at the forefront of the commercial communications satellites markets.”

“Airbus’ Supplier Engagement Program recognizes the key strategic North American suppliers for their outstanding support and partnership. We are very pleased to celebrate 30 years of continuous and very fruitful business relations,” stated Stewart Nolan, Head of Procurement Mission Systems for Airbus Defense and Space.

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016 it generated revenues of €67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats and business aviation products. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About Maxar

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to help our customers anticipate and address their most complex mission critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes: SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe, and Radiant Solutions. Every day millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that empower a better world. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information visit

About MDA

MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, satellite antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defense and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA’s extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources, both owned and operated within the Maxar group and by customer and third party sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal and Halifax. MDA is a business unit of Maxar Technologies. For more information visit

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