Maxwell Technologies Wins $3 Million Contract From Astrium Satellites to Supply Computers for European Space Agency's 'Gaia' Astronomy Mission

Maxwell SCS750 Single Board Computers Will Process Data and Images Gathered

by Satellite's Video Processing Units During Five-Year Mission to Study the

Origin and Evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy

Oct 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Maxwell Technologies Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Maxwell
 Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:   MXWL) has won a contract valued at approximately
 $3 million from Astrium's United Kingdom-based satellite unit to supply
 single board computers (SBC) for the European Space Agency's (ESA) "Gaia"
 astronomy mission to survey more than a billion stars and other celestial
 bodies to trace the origin and evolution of the Milky Way Galaxy.
     Seven Maxwell SCS750 SBCs will process images and data gathered by the
 two-ton satellite's camera, which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a
 week for the duration of the five-year mission named for the Greek goddess
 Gaia, who was worshipped as the mythological creator of the universe. The
 massive volume of data to be collected and the precision of the imaging
 instrumentation will enable scientists to create a three-dimensional map of
 the galaxy and study its formation with unprecedented detail and accuracy.
     The satellite will be launched into an orbit at Lagrange point 2, which
 is 1.5 million kilometers (932,000 miles) into space on the "night side" of
 Earth so that it will be shielded from glare from the Earth, Sun and Moon
 that otherwise would interfere with image and data collection. Its payload
 will include two telescopes and a camera capable of processing digital
 images from more than one hundred charge-coupled devices (CCDs) of 10
 million pixels each.
     It is the belief of the European Space Agency that the Gaia mission's
 impact on astronomy will be comparable to that of weather satellites to
 meteorology or genome mapping projects to genetics. Maxwell's space
 computer provides the high performance and flexibility the scientific and
 engineering team will need to achieve the mission's ambitious goals.
     Peter Bennie, Project Team Leader of Astrium UK, which is responsible
 for development and installation of the satellite's video processing units,
 said, "we selected Maxwell's SCS750 after our exhaustive evaluation of
 available space-qualified computers determined that it was the only SBC
 that could meet both our video processing requirements and Gaia's power and
 mass constraints."
     Proprietary component shielding technology and system-level
 architecture enable Maxwell's SBC to withstand the effects of environmental
 radiation to provide the most reliable space computer currently available.
 The SCS750 is based on a "triple modular redundancy" architecture in which
 three commercial IBM PowerPC 750(TM) processors run the same program at all
 times and "vote" on each operation. If one of the processors suffers a
 radiation-induced upset and disagrees with the other two, the system is
 automatically resynchronised and resumes error-free operation.
     About ESA: The European Space Agency (ESA), is an inter-governmental
 organization with a mission to provide for and to promote space science,
 research and technology and to plan and develop space applications, for the
 benefit of its member states. Its mandate is limited to activities of
 peaceful nature.
     About Astrium: EADS Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is
 dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In
 2006, EADS Astrium had a turnover of 3.2 billion euros and 11,000 employees
 in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its
 three main areas of activity are: the business units Astrium Space
 Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, and Astrium
 Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and its wholly owned
 subsidiary Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite
     About Maxwell: Maxwell is a leading developer and manufacturer of
 innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our
 radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory
 modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial
 silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace
 applications. Our BOOSTCAP(R) ultracapacitor cells and multi-cell modules
 provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and
 industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our
 CONDIS(R) high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the
 safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other
 applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of
 high-voltage electrical energy. For more information, please visit our
     Forward-Looking Statements: Statements in this news release that are
 "forward-looking statements" are based on current expectations and
 assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual results
 could differ materially because of factors such as:
     -- development and acceptance of products based on new technologies;
     -- demand for original equipment manufacturers' products reaching
        anticipated levels;
     -- general economic conditions in the markets served by the company's
     -- cost-effective manufacturing of new products;
     -- the impact of competitive products and pricing;
     -- risks and uncertainties involved in foreign operations, including the
        impact of currency fluctuations;
     -- product liability or warranty claims in excess of our reserves.
     For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated
 with Maxwell's business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and
 Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk
 Factors" sections of our SEC filings, including, but not limited to, our
 annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of
 which may be obtained by contacting Maxwell's investor relations department
 at (858) 503-3434 or at our investor relations website at . All information in this
 release is as of October 1, 2007. The company undertakes no duty to update
 any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or
 changes in the company's expectations.

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