MDA Images Katrina's Path of Destruction

August 31, 2005 -- Richmond, BC - Canada's RADARSAT-1 satellite is being used to provide imagery and information in support of disaster response and recovery teams coping with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In particular, the imagery of the southern US states is being used to map and assess flood-damaged areas.

"RADARSAT-1 has been tasked to acquire imagery over the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast for the next few days," said John Hornsby, General Manager of MDA's Geospatial Services International. "This will allow agencies to monitor the progression of the floodwaters and support on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts with the latest up-to-date information," he added.

One of the hallmarks of the RADARSAT-1 program is the near-real time delivery of data to users requiring time-sensitive information. Data is acquired, processed and delivered to clients within 1-4 hours of downlink.

RADARSAT-1 is currently acquiring data over India, Switzerland, Austria and other parts of Europe in support of flood disaster relief efforts. Additional Media Information:

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Background on RADARSAT-1:

Equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensor, RADARSAT-1 can collect data regardless of inclement weather or light conditions. This provides an effective means of mapping areas experiencing severe weather - such as those under cloud and heavy rainfall. In addition, radar is particularly adept at discriminating between smooth water and rough land surfaces, making it easy to detect and map flooded areas.

About MDA:

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 earth and space based information solutions, ranging from complex operational systems, to tailored information services, to electronic information products.

MDA employs more than 2,500 people in locations across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TSX:MDA.

About MDA Geospatial Services International: or

MDA Geospatial Services International (formerly RADARSAT International) provides Earth observation data, information products and services from the majority of commercially available radar and optical satellites. These products and services are used globally for resource mapping, environmental monitoring, offshore oil and gas exploration, ice reconnaissance, maritime surveillance and disaster management.

MDA holds the exclusive distribution rights to Canada's RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. MDA will operate the RADARSAT-2 satellite when launched. RADARSAT-2 offers unparalleled imaging flexibility, increased information content with high-resolution, dual polarization and full polarimetric imaging options, and a highly responsive programming and delivery ground segment.


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