From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2001
May 22, 2001 - Calian (TSE: CTY) of Kanata, Ontario, and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) of Saint-Hubert, Quebec, announced today that Calian's Systems Engineering Division has been awarded a $9.2 million contract tendered through Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).
Under the terms of the contract, Calian's System Engineering Division (SED) will provide operations and maintenance services for the Canadian Space Agency's Satellite Operations Directorate at its facility in Saint-Hubert, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The contract runs until March 31, 2003 and includes provisions for an additional two years of service, potentially bringing the total value of the contract to $18.7 million.
"Over the past five years, since the launch of RADARSAT-1, Canada has rapidly captured more than 15% of the global remote sensing market. Driving innovation and excellence, the Canadian Space Agency is actively developing Canadian expertise, working in cooperation with our growing space industry to positively impact the Canadian economy", said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "Based on their ongoing collaboration with the CSA and other customers, Saskatoon-based Calian SED is building an impressive record in testing, operating and managing satellite systems."
Ray Basler, President of Calian's Systems Engineering Division said the new contract is a demonstration of the importance SED places on building and maintaining long-term relationships with its customers. "We are extremely pleased to continue this highly successful program with the CSA," said Mr. Basler, "SED is committed to providing our customers with the rapid delivery of our world-class systems and services that fully satisfy their needs in testing, operating and managing their satellite systems."
SED's involvement consists of supporting the operation, development, maintenance, management and ongoing evolution of satellite control and support systems provided by the CSA through the provision of a dedicated team of qualified personnel. SED's team in Saint-Hubert consists of 40 engineers and technicians, and six technicians in Saskatoon.
This contract is a continuation of work SED has performed for the CSA since 1993, and reflects the CSA's evolving requirements. RADARSAT-1, although designed to be operational for 5 years, still provides Canada and the world with useful information to both commercial and scientific users in the fields of agriculture, cartography, hydrology, forestry, oceanography, ice studies and coastal monitoring. As early as 2003, data continuity to the existing customers will be ensured by RADARSAT-2.
In addition, the CSA is developing new satellite programs with similar mission characteristics, and intends to expand the existing operational knowledge, systems and infrastructure into a cost-effective multi-mission operational capability.
Funding for this project was provided for in the February 2000 budget, and is therefore built into the existing financial framework.
Calian's Systems Engineering Division's mission is to provide the satellite industry with the rapid delivery of dependable, flexible systems and services that fully satisfy customers' needs in testing, operating and managing their satellite systems. The SED product lines include In-orbit Test, Satellite Spectrum Monitoring, and Telemetry, Tracking and Command Systems, as well as Satellite Gateways, Network Management Systems and Up-link Stations. Customers include major satellite manufacturers, operators and service providers worldwide. Contract manufacturing services are provided to customers in the local and national markets.
Calian Technology Ltd. (TSE:CTY) sells technical and professional services to industry and government. In the 2000 fiscal year Calian had sales in excess of $125 million.
About the Canadian Space Agency
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; 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.
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