Canadian Space Agency Investing Earth Application Programs

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced today at IGARSS 2002 the awarding of twelve contracts, worth close to $2 million, to Canadian companies for developing leading-edge uses of space-based Earth Observation data and applications. These contracts have been awarded to Atlantis Scientific, A.U.G Signals Ltd., Dendron Resource Surveys, Hatfield Consultants, MIR Teledetection, Noetix Research, Paterson, Grant and Watson, EarthScan Ltd., PCI Geomatics, Tecsult, Vantage Point International and Viasat Geotechnologies.

Driving investment in key sectors of science research and technology

development, the Canadian Space Agency is positioning Canada as a leader in satellite-borne Earth Observation products," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "The diversity of these investments illustrate, as well, that the Canadian Space Agency is not only fostering the development of innovation and expertise across Canada but also supports the pursuit of new markets for our products and services all over the world."

The projects awarded today through the Earth Observation Applications

Development Program (EOADP) are supporting leading-edge Canadian space companies that are also bearing their share of risks in developing and commercializing innovative processing systems and applications. These innovations will have a major impact in remote sensing, geospatial data, resource management, rural applications and mineral exploration.


About IGARSS 2002 (< )

The IGARSS 2002 conference whose theme is "Remote Sensing: Integration Our View of the Planet" is to reflect the power of combining multiple sources of satellite and airborne imagery with geographic information and the expertise of many disciplines. As the environment is under great stress around the world, remote sensing can provide global consistent and unbiased observations of the health of the planet.

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.

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Selena Beattie
Office of Allan Rock
Minister of Industry
(613) 995-9001

Monique Billette
Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
(450) 926-4370

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