Studies on Space Sector Opportunities Launched in Atlantic Canada

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

image Longueuil, Québec - December 10, 2003 The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are commissioning two studies to assess Atlantic Canada opportunities for growth in the Earth and Environment and Satellite Communications space sectors. The cost of these studies, worth over $72,000, will be shared by the two agencies.

"The Canadian Space Agency is pleased to be working closely with ACOA to promote an active participation of Atlantic Canada stakeholders in the Canadian Space Program," said CSA President Marc Garneau. "These studies will provide us with strategic insight into areas of critical importance to the Canadian Space Program while demonstrating recognized regional interest and expertise."

"ACOA is working to enhance and diversify Atlantic Canada's knowledge-based industries," said ACOA President Monique Collette. "These studies will help identify the capacity, as well as the potential, of our region's companies to participate in innovative, space-based activities, such as Earth observation and satellite communications."

Aerde Environmental Research will be undertaking the Earth and Environment study. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Aerde Environmental Research has been at the forefront of developing RADARSAT training and educational materials. The company has conducted numerous technology application development projects and is a strong contributor to the field of Earth and Environment in Canada and abroad. Members of the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) will also participate in the study, bringing with them their experience in information infrastructure for integrated coastal management of Atlantic Canada.

Ottawa-based Telesat Canada will be responsible for the Satellite Communications study. Telesat Canada is a world-renowned and successful space company and has demonstrated a proven ability to innovate and create new, affordable and client-oriented services and applications in the satellite communications field, including tele-health applications in rural and northern communities. Supporting Telesat Canada on the study is Collaborative Network Technologies (ColabNet) of Newfoundland, specialists in the application of information technologies.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its Headquarters situated in Longueuil, Quebec, the CSA leads the national space program. The CSA coordinates programs supporting Earth and the Environment, Space Science, Human Presence in Space, Satellite Communications, Space Technology, Space Qualification Services, Space Awareness and Education. The CSA is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

About ACOA

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency is the federal government department responsible for helping to build economic capacity in the Atlantic Provinces by working with the people of the region - in their communities, through their institutions and with their local and provincial governments and businesses - to create jobs and enhance earned incomes. For more information on ACOA's programs, visit our web site at:

For more information, please contact:

Monique Billette
Senior Media Relations Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370

Diana Zandberg
Senior Communications Officer
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
(506) 851-2132

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