The Canadian Space Agency positions Canada at the forefront of Earth Observation technology
Awards nine Contribution Agreements for R&D support valued at $857,000 to Canadian space industry
August 26, 2014 – Longueuil, Quebec – Canadian Space Agency
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will help Canadian industry develop new applications and novel concepts that will capitalize on the use of Earth Observation (EO) data acquired by the CSA.
This will be done through nine contribution agreements that will support Research and Development (R&D) in the field of space technologies. This initiative will also build capacity in Canadian industry and increase the use of radar data, to serve various sectors of the economy.
This is a joint venture between the Canadian Government and private industry, as each project selected will receive funding of less than $100,000 while the company is to cover at least 25% of the total project value. The R&D conducted will seek to address Canada’s domestic needs in areas such as security; maritime surveillance; agriculture; environmental protection; river and ice cover monitoring; and land movement.
In the newly issued Canada’s Space Policy Framework, the Canadian Government underlines the fact that space yields more commercial opportunities than ever. “Positioning the Private Sector at the Forefront of Space Activities” and “Developing and maintaining Excellence in Key Capabilities” have been identified as two of its core principles. This initiative embodies the spirit of the Space Policy Framework.
- The Contribution Agreements were awarded following an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) issued in November 2013.
- This AO was issued by the CSA‘s Earth Observation Applications Development Program.
- The CSA received a total of 11 eligible proposals from Canadian industry.
- Each Contribution Agreement is valid for a period of 18 months.
“Through research and continued investments in R&D, the CSA is helping Canadian industry to remain at the forefront of emerging space technologies. This initiative supports targeted knowledge development and innovation to sustain and enhance Canada’s space industry, which is a major contributor of highly skilled jobs to our economy, and a great source of pride among all Canadians.”
– James Moore, Industry Minister
Canadian Space Agency