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Canadian Industry Pioneering Emerging Space Technologies

Putting the strong arm on Canadian industry to do more.
Longueuil, Quebec (SPX) May 18, 2005
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."

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