Mandate of the David Florida Laboratory
Space is important both to Canada's transition to a knowledge-based economy and to the Government of Canada's social, scientific, sovereignty, security, and foreign policy objectives. As an integral part of the Canadian Space Agency and a vital component of Canada's space infrastructure, the David Florida Laboratory (DFL) makes a concrete contribution to many of these objectives.
The mandate of the David Florida Laboratory is to:
provide ongoing support to meet the objectives of the Canadian Space Program through the qualification of flight hardware
provide environmental and radio frequency testing at the system and subsystem level to a range of domestic and off-shore clients on space-based and terrestrial programs on a fee-for-service basis
manage the ongoing schedule of test support to maximize the quality and integrity of the test environment, and minimize any risk to people, facilities, and the test article's safety
acquire and develop test technology to provide high value test services and facilities to effectively support the Canadian Space Program
provide a mechanism for the transfer to industry of appropriate environmental and radio frequency test technology
conduct, in conjunction with industry, marketing activities aimed at increasing opportunities for DFL use
ensure the cost-effective operation of the DFL by establishing usage priorities and procedures consistent with optimum use of the facilities. This includes the provision of test support for non-space-related work to achieve uniform facility loading.
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