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Canadian Space Agecy Awards Over $3 Million for Earth Observation Applications

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

St. Hubert, Quebec, June 12, 2003 - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) today awarded over $3 million in contracts to 9 Canadian companies to develop leading-edge uses of space-based Earth Observation data and applications. Marc Garneau, President of the CSA, made the announcement during CSA Industry Days at their headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec.

"The Canadian Space Agency is building Canadian knowledge and specialized expertise in the Earth Observation field in awarding these contracts," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA. "By rewarding the drive and innovation of these companies, the CSA is also contributing to the growth of a strong, dynamic and knowledge based Canadian economy.

The 12 contracts were awarded through the CSA's Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP). The program is designed as a single-window channel to support industry initiatives focused on the development of earth observation applications.

"By promoting Earth Observation applications, the CSA is contributing to a better understanding of the Earth's environment and of global climate change," said Mr. Garneau. "It also reinforces the strong partnerships that exist between government, industry and academic institutions in the project development process."

For more information on EOADP and other Canadian Space Agency funding programs, please visit the CSA website's Space Technologies section at: http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/csa_sectors/technology/technology.asp

A summary of each contract follows.

About CSA Industry Days From June 12-13, companies who have obtained EOADP contracts in previous years will demonstrate the results of their technological development and applications performed with Canadian Space Agency support under the Canadian Space Program (CSP). The event will include presentations and display booths prepared by participating companies and opportunities for one-on-one meetings.

About the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Technology; Space Qualification Services; Space Awareness and Education. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

Information:

  • Selena Beattie
  • Office of Allan Rock
  • Minister of Industry
  • Telephone: (613) 995-9001
  • Monique Billette
  • Senior Media Relations Officer
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Telephone: (450) 926-4370
  • E-mail: monique.billette@space.gc.ca

Backgrounder

Contracts announced today by the Canadian Space Agency with nine Canadian companies through the CSA's Earth Observation Application Development Program (EOADP):

Atlantis Scientific Inc. (Nepean, ON) will monitor infrastructure in Urban Areas Associated with Petroleum Production. Atlantis' Coherent Target Monitoring (CTM) system will be used with ERS-1 and 2, RADARSAT (Standard and Fine mode) and Envisat data. Subsidence maps will be created of the City of Long Beach in California. www.atlantis-scientific.com This contract is valued at $570,889 of which the CSA is contributing $236,843.

Atlantis Scientific Inc. (Nepean, ON) will develop finishing tools for spaceborne radar-derived digital elevation models. This will provide a mechanism to merge several DEMs together, correcting for processing anomalies such as "spikes" and "wells". It will also support void filling, water body flattening, and maintenance of proper land/water relationships for rivers. www.atlantis-scientific.com This contract is valued at $535,361, of which the CSA is contributing $325,000.

Dendron Resource Surveys Inc. (Ottawa, ON) will work to establish RADARSAT, and related Canadian products and services, as key components of topographic maps to be used for Regional planning purposes. The project will mainly take place in Chile, and some other parts of Latin America. www.dendron.com This contract is valued at $550,905, of which the CSA is contributing $254,765.

Enfotec Technical Services (Ottawa, ON) will advance the development of the IceNav Virtual Marine Radar System to a product ready for market diffusion, by building the linkage of RADARSAT SAR imagery to the marine radar system. www.enfotec.com This contract is valued at $501,415, of which the CSA is contributing $324,912.

Geographic Resources & Integrated Data Solutions Ltd (GRIDS) (Kingston, ON) is bringing together American and Canadian researchers to create a fully three-dimensional interactive globe that provides anyone with Internet connectivity the ability to display and manipulate global geospatial data. www.grids.ca www.grids.ca This contract is valued at $1,622,280, of which the CSA is contributing $325,000.

Hatfield Consultants Ltd. (Vancouver, BC) will develop a series of Earth Observation Decision Support Tools (DSTs) and training in the use of EO data, in order to facilitate sustainable management of aquatic resources throughout the Mekong River Basin. www.hatfieldgroup.com This contract is valued at $540,000, of which the CSA is contributing $325,000.

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (Richmond, BC) in collaboration with PCI, Noranda, Pacific Forestry Centre and York University, will develop a generic hyperspectral data scrubber (GHDS). This software application tool will reduce or eliminate many defects that diminish data quality of airborne and spaceborne hyperspectral sensors. www.mda.ca This contract is valued at $473,151, of which the CSA is contributing $294,465.

MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates in collaboration with RADARSAT International, Triathlon, DigitalGlobe and Jeppesen, will develop a Multi-source Image Digital Elevation Model Generator. www.mda.ca This contract is valued at $523,270, of which the CSA is contributing $321,830.

MIR TÈlÈdÈtection Inc. (Longueuil, QC) will be developing a method for the integration of geological information derived from RADARSAT-1 data and geoscience data into a diamond potential assessment system; and intends to commercialize the products generated by this system. www.mirteledetection.com This contract is valued at $256,850, of which the CSA's is contributing $159,700.

PCI Geomatics Group Inc. (Richmond Hill, ON) will develop innovative capabilities for data format support, visualization, and analysis of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery. www.pcigeomatics.com This contract is valued at $428,344, of which the CSA is contributing $278,424.

Vantage Point International Inc. (VPI) (Ottawa, ON) will develop a web-enabled tool to facilitate the planning and ordering of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from RADARSAT 1 and 2, ENVISAT and other spaceborne sensors. www.vantpoint.com This contract is valued at $228,560, of which the CSA is contributing $148,560.

Vantage Point International Inc. will establish a national disaster management portal for earth observation. It will provisionally be termed the Disaster Earth Observation NETwork (DEONET). www.vantpoint.com This contract is valued at $171,000, of which the CSA is contributing $111,000.

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