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Canadian Industry Pioneering Emerging Space Technologies

By SpaceRef Editor
May 19, 2005
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Canadian Industry Pioneering Emerging Space Technologies

David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, today announced an investment of $20.4 million in 44 research and development contracts. This investment helps ensure that Canada maintains a global niche market advantage in the design of emerging space technologies and applications.

“This funding will allow the Canadian space industry to continue developing leading-edge space technologies, making the Canadian Space Program a driver in the growth of our nation’s dynamic economy,” said Minister Emerson. “The investments announced today are absolutely critical to enhancing Canada’s specialized expertise and spurring the commercialization of innovative technologies that respond to Canadian and global needs.”

The 44 contracts were awarded through the CSA’s Space Technology Development Program (STDP). Companies will develop a range of pioneering space technologies, including:

  • A proposal of technology to enable the self-repair of cracks and holes in spacecraft
  • A drilling and sample acquisition system to study the subsurface composition of a planet-this also has applications on Earth
  • A vision system that allows spacecraft and satellites to take 3-D images of themselves while in orbit
  • A compact, lightweight, low-power, laser system for use in planetary exploration, Earth observation and space servicing missions
  • A new process to allow nearly instant detection of search and rescue beacons
  • Several satellite technologies to increase power and efficiency for broadcasting and Internet traffic

“These innovative projects will help Canada remain at the forefront of niche markets in telecommunications, spacecraft design and laser sensors,” said Marc Garneau, President, Canadian Space Agency. “The STDP program is a critical vehicle supporting the Canadian Space Strategy, which leverages scientific and technological expertise while supporting Government of Canada priorities.”

For a list of companies that have been awarded contracts, please consult the attached backgrounder. For more detailed information on each contract awarded today, please visit:

About the Space Technology Development Program (STDP)

This Canadian Space Agency program promotes the design and development of innovative technologies in Canada to maintain our nation’s position as leader in space technology. The technologies it supports take full advantage of the capabilities of the Canadian space industry and are strongly linked with the future needs of the Canadian Space Program.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 and with headquarters situated in Longueuil, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency is responsible for coordinating all civil, space-related policies and programs related to science and technology research, industrial development, and international cooperation on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency directs its resources and activities through four key thrusts: Earth Observation, Space Science and Exploration, Satellite Communications, and Space Awareness and Learning. With the overall responsibility for advancing Canada’s space policy and programs, the Canadian Space Agency leverages international cooperation to champion world-class scientific research and industrial development for the benefit of humanity.

For more information, please contact:

Julie Simard
Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370

Christiane Fox
Office of the Honourable David L. Emerson
Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001

SpaceRef staff editor.