The Canadian Space Agency Awards 18.1 Million in Contracts to Three Canadian Firms

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Friday, June 9, 2000

St Hubert, Quebec, June 9, 2000 - John Manley, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency, and the Honourable Alfonso Gagliano, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today the awarding of $18.1 million in contracts to three Canadian firms involved in advanced technology and multimedia training as part of Canada's contribution to the International Space Station (ISS).

The contracts will directly create 48 specialized jobs in engineering and high-tech educational software development. These will help train the astronauts and mission controllers who will provide support for the Canadian Mobile Servicing System. This system is the new generation of the CANADARM.

"The awarding of these contracts is an important element of Canada's contribution to the International Space Station project and helps Canada maintain the enviable position it has carved for itself as a world aerospace leader. In particular, they enhance Canada's expertise in robotics and international calibre training," said Minister Manley. "By reinvesting over 75% of its budget in the Canadian industry, the Canadian Space Agency is helping to develop windows of opportunity in the new economy and promoting the creation of cutting-edge jobs in Canada."

"I am very pleased to announce the awarding of these contracts. They will be a major source of jobs. These firms will also provide highly specialized services, which will help the Canadian Space Agency lend its support to the International Space Station Program on Canada's behalf," said Minister Gagliano.

Tecsult Eduplus in Montreal, Quebec, landed a contract to design and develop a training program and simulator, as well as virtual reality-based multimedia learning software. This $4.5 million contract will create 12 jobs until the completion of International Space Station assembly work, slated for early 2005. The Tecsult Eduplus training program will be used to train International Space Station astronauts, cosmonauts and mission controllers. The firm also has a contract to design and produce computer-based materials-graphics, animation and simulators-for use in International Space Station engineering projects. This second contract valued at $2.1 million will create six jobs.

Three contracts totalling $6.3 million were awarded to Barada Consulting in Verdun, Quebec, to provide support for Mobile Servicing System Operations Centre activities at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in St Hubert. These contracts will create 18 jobs related to the training of astronauts and controllers, as well as logistical and engineering support to maintain the International Space Station.

Calian in Kanata, Ontario, was awarded a $5.2 million contract to set up a 12-person team, which will be part of the support group for the in-orbit operations of the International Space Station's Mobile Servicing System. These specialists will plan robot operations, which they will monitor in space in real time. Of the $1.4 billion in revenues generated each year by the Canadian space industry, 45% comes from exports, the highest percentage among G-7 countries.

Founded in 1989 and established in St Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program and administers five major sectors: Earth and Environment, Space Science, Human Presence in Space, Satellite Communications and Generic/Enabling Space Technologies. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. v - 30 -

For additional information:

Caroline Lavallée
Senior Communications Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Tel: (450) 926-4370

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