Organization: Canadian Space Agency

CSA awards $6.2 million for space weather research

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded $6.2 million for 10 projects at five universities to study how space weather affects the ionosphere and its impacts on technology. The awards were made to the Univ of Alberta, Univ of Saskatchewan, Univ of New Brunswick, Univ of Calgary and Athabasca Univ. Funding comes from the CSA’s…

CSA awards six space exploration contracts

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded six contracts, valued at $250,000 each, to four organizations to develop concept studies related to future space exploration ventures. The studies are part of the CSA’s strategy to invest in emerging technology areas, such as: a high resolution Canadian-led space telescope; robots to remove space debris and tune-up ailing…

CSA and ESA renew longstanding partnership

The Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency have extended their formal partnership for another 10 years. The partnership agreement outlines areas of scientific and industrial collaboration including earth observation, satellite communications, navigation and space exploration. The CSA and ESA signed their first agreement in 1979 spurring collaboration in scientific research and development of…

MDA to develop Mars space Rover for CSA

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a $6-million contract to MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) for the development of a Mars Exploration and Science Rover prototype. The project will see a number of key technologies developed for use in space exploration missions that could also be modified for mining, transportation, medicine and security applications.…

Space agency heads discuss international space station

Canadian Space Agency (CSA) president Dr Steve MacLean met with his international counterparts to review cooperation on the International Space Station (ISS) project, slated for completion in 2011. The March 11 meeting in Tokyo between Canada, Japan, Russia, Europe and the United States focused on the opportunities to drive advanced S&T and the prospect of…

CSA provides $8 million for 26 R&D contracts

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has announced 26 R&D contracts worth more than $8 million as part of its Space Technology Development Program. The projects involve 13 companies, a research institute (National Optics Institute) and Laval Univ. The firms are exploring technology niches in the areas of telecommunications, spacecraft design, laser sensors and others. MPB…

CSA awards MDA $1.8 million for concept design solutions

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a $1.8-million contract to MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates Ltd (MDA) to deliver “concept design solutions” in support of Canadian planning for potential participation in global space exploration. The contract is the third made to MDA by the CSA since the government blocked the sale of Richmond BC-based firm’s space…

Gas emission sensing technology gets $1.3 million

Synodon Edmonton-based Synodon Inc has secured $1.3 million to help commercialize its advanced airborne remote sensing system. The funding was provided by AVAC Ltd, a not-for-profit company that invests in early-stage agribusinesses. The technology was originally developed under the Canadian Space Agency program and Synodon scientists with financial assistance from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, Natural…

CSA contributes to ESA, signs MDA contract

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has agreed to contribute $15.8 million to the European Space Agency (ESA) to ensure continued input on the agency’s direction and access to satellite imagery and data. The agreement was made during a two-day meeting of the ESA council in The Hague. The Canadian investment comes as the CSA gears…

CSA and DRDC developing new microsatellite

A new lightweight telescope designed to track both satellites and asteroids is being developed by the Canadian Space Agency and Defence Research and Development Canada. The $12-million Near Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) uses the CSA-designed and developed Multi-Mission Microsatellite Bus, capitalizing on technology developed for the previous Microvariability and Oscillation of Stars (MOST) spacecraft.…