Canadian Space Agency Investing in Emerging Technologies and Applications

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Ottawa, February 20, 2001 - The Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and the Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency today announced the awarding of 49 contracts worth a total of $12 million to Canada's space industry. Minister Tobin made the announcement to leading space industry representatives, scientists and researchers gathered at the Canadian Space Agency's David Florida Laboratory in Ottawa.

"These contracts, awarded to space companies throughout Canada, will support the development of leading-edge technology and applications," said Minister Tobin. "Partnerships created through these contracts, ensure that the Canadian space industry remains innovative and competitive, and continues to develop niche markets world-wide."

"Space technologies have evolved considerably since the beginning of the space age," said Virendra Jha, Director General, Space Technologies with the Canadian Space Agency. "Canada has played a pioneering role and the Canadian Space Agency will continue to support our leading role in niche areas such as space robotics, remote sensing, synthetic aperture radar and satellite communications."

About the Contract Announcement

The projects awarded today are supporting Canada's leading space companies who are assuming the risks of innovation and the commercial development of knowledge-based products. Their expertise in the design of new technologies and applications will have an impact in areas as diverse as monitoring forestry and agricultural resources, 3D mapping supporting third-generation mobile telephone service, mineral exploration, promotion of science education in schools or providing specialised support for human exploration outside of the Earth's atmosphere.

The contracts awarded today flow from two programs managed by the Canadian Space Agency in fulfilment of the Canadian Space Plan, approved by the government in 1999.

Through the Earth Observation Applications Development Program (EOADP), the Canadian Space Agency is strengthening partnerships with Canadian businesses well-suited to capitalize on space-based Earth observation technologies.

The Space Technology Development Program (STDP) is supporting Canada's leadership in the development of innovative and emerging technologies and applications that will strengthen the competitiveness of the Canadian space industry, and position it to meet current and future needs of the Canadian Space Program.

Consult the backgrounders on the Earth Observation Applications Development Program and the Space Technology Development Program for more information and a full listing of companies in regions across the country that are contributing through these initiatives to strengthening the competitiveness of the Canadian space industry:

Grouped by region, monographs of each project awarded to Canadian space companies and key contacts for interviews may be downloaded from: About the Canadian Space Agency (CSA):

Established in 1989 and 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; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. For more information:

Funding for this project was provided for in the February 2000 budget and is therefore built into the existing financial framework.

- 30 - Information: Anna Kapiniari Manager, Public Relations and Media Canadian Space Agency (450) 926-4350

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