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Canadian Space Agency Launches a Small and Micro-satellite Program

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Ottawa, November 13, 2002 - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced today the awarding of six contracts, worth a total of $930,000, to Canadian space companies for developing generic small-satellite and micro-satellite buses to meet the future needs of the Canadian space program.

These contracts, announced at the ASTRO 2002 conference, have been awarded to Bristol Aerospace Limited, EMS Technologies, COM DEV International, Space Quest, and Dynacon (see <http://www.space.gc.ca/whatsnew/releases/backgr/2002/021113.asp> - for more information).

This announcement marks the launch by the CSA of a small and micro-satellite program that will oversee the activities of Canadian satellite missions for the next ten years. To reduce costs, the program includes the development of a satellite platform designed to accommodate both scientific and technology-demonstration missions.

"These leading-edge Canadian space companies will develop and improve small and micro-satellite bus design and integration capabilities in Canada," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "They will also increase the science and technology content on future satellite missions, fostering public-private sector partnerships and alliances - thus reinforcing Canada's commitment to a vigorous knowledge-based economy."

"From Alouette-1 to SCISAT, Canada has championed excellence in space, from the design of sensors to the development of buses, antennas and applications," said Dr. Virendra Jha, Director General of the CSA's Space Technologies. "The Canadian Space Agency will continue to support the Canadian satellite industry so as to provide low-cost access to space for science and technology missions."

About the 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.

For more information, please contact:

Monique Billette
Senior Media Relations Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4370
monique.billette@space.gc.ca

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