List of Companies Selected to Receive a Contribution Agreement

Below is a list outlining the companies selected to receive a Contribution Agreement from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to perform Space Research and Development (R&D). Following an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) process, twenty-one (21) companies have successfully met the requirements and will receive Contribution Agreements to support their R&D projects. The maximum cost envelope of each agreement is less than $600,000 (Category A) and less than $200,000 (Category B), and all agreements are valid for twenty-four (24) months. For each project, the total government assistance (federal, provincial and Municipal) cannot exceed 75% of total eligible project costs. A short description of the objective of each R&D project is given below.

Multi-Spectral Imager for highly elliptical orbits and geostationary orbits

Company: ABB Ltd.

Location: Saint-Laurent, QC

R&D Objective: This investment will help to advance the design of a Canadian meteorological imager instrument and adapt it to be compatible with future satellite missions.

Imperator FMS (IFMS) - Flight Management and Control System Software Application for unmanned aerial vehicle & small satellites

Company: Aflare Systems Inc.

Location: Brampton, ON

R&D Objective: This project will develop flight management and safety systems to support fail-safe measures for small unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites. This new system will provide additional monitoring of potential failures and allow spacecraft operators or a redundant system to take corrective measures.

Feasibility Study of Multi-Agent Field Analyzer for Space Applications (MAFASA)

Company: Bubble Technology Industries (BTI) Inc.

Location: Chalk River, ON

R&D Objective: The company will do a feasibility study on developing a new technique to identify components from geological samples gathered in the course of a manned or robotic exploration of extraterrestrial bodies such as Mars, the Moon, or an asteroid.

Risk Reduction Activities for the Canadian High-Energy Neutron Spectrometry System II (CHENSS II)

Company: Bubble Technology Industries (BTI) Inc.

Location: Chalk River, ON

R&D Objective: This project will support R&D on a new, improved instrument to more accurately study the energy distribution of neutron radiation onboard the International Space Station (ISS). These measurements will help characterize the radiation exposure experienced by astronauts so that methods can be developed to mitigate the effects.

Advanced Thermal & Energy Storage Technologies for Survival & Operations of Low-Cost Missions in Deep Space

Company: Canadensys Aerospace Corporation

Location: Toronto, ON

R&D Objective: This project will examine small-scale energy storage and thermal management technologies capable of operating at very cold temperatures. This will enable future micro- and nano-class space missions to survive in the extreme thermal environment of deep space.

Collision detection and content creation technologies for high fidelity grasping simulations

Company: CM Labs Simulations Inc.

Location: Montreal, QC

R&D Objective: The project will enhance the realism and flexibility of the space robotics simulator used for astronaut training and mission planning for robotic operations on the International Space Station (ISS).

Micro-Spectrometer for Atmospheric Remote Sensing

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: The project will develop a compact spectrometer to measure of Green House Gases in the atmosphere. This spectrometer will be compatible with nanosatellite, microsatellite and hosted payload applications as well as aviation and terrestrial applications.

Dyson Spectrometer Prototype Development

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Cambridge, ON

R&D Objective: The project will develop an innovative prototype spectrometer for microsatellite based, hyperspectral imaging applications that will be able to achieve low distortion performance over a large field-of-view. The proposed approach contains fewer optical elements than other approaches and is configured in a compact format with modest demands for weight, volume, and cooling resources which make it make it very attractive for microsatellite applications as well as for aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle applications

Smart Switch Interface

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Cambridge, ON

R&D Objective: This project is to develop new interface options for COM DEV's switch space product family. The primary objective is to allow the switch products to become CANBus compatible - where CANBus, an already widely accepted communications protocol designed for many electronic products used in aerospace, automotive, maritime, medical and industrial automation equipments, is now being more broadly reviewed for space payload incorporation – therein offering "smart switch" product portfolio enhancement.

Flexible Space Situational Awareness Payload Development

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Cambridge, ON

R&D Objective: The project will demonstrate paradigm-changing technologies relating to the viewing, understanding and predicting the physical location of near-earth objects. The project will implement advanced photon detection technologies and advanced image processing methods to improve detection performance and achieve significant reduction in image exposure time. The technologies will be directly applicable to space situational awareness applications as well as applications in space astronomy.

Advanced Channel Combiner Technologies

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Cambridge, ON

R&D Objective: The objective of this project is to create more efficient and advanced Ku band channel combiner to improve telecommunications satellites performance. Ku band is used in particular to deliver internet and television signals to end-users and is therefore in high demand. Advancements like those proposed in this activity will increase capacity and feasibility of novel combiner configurations.

Additive Manufacturing Capability Development

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Cambridge, ON

R&D Objective: With this project COM DEV will qualify aluminum material additive manufacturing and evaluate its application/benefit for both commercial satellite communications market products such as waveguide switch components (a structure allowing to redirect signals), and  for science mission market products, more specifically beam steering mirror mounts. Current manufacturing techniques for waveguide switches are difficult, take multiple machines and setups and are challenging to manufacture. Anticipated benefits of this technology versus the current manufacturing techniques include mass, size and cost reduction, accelerated schedule and improved production reliability.

New Iso-Divider Product

Company: COM DEV International Ltd.

Location: Cambridge, ON

R&D Objective: The objective of this project is to develop a product that will combine and integrate space worthy Isolators and Power Dividers within the same package, saving space and mass in satellite designs. This product will be used for satellite communication purposes.

G-Band - The Next Generation of Cloud Profiling Radars

Company: Communication & Power Industries (CPI) Canada Inc.

Location: Georgetown, ON

R&D Objective: This project will develop higher frequency radar technology dedicated to cloud profiling. Currently, radars are being used to better understand clouds and cloud processes. Using a new radar band could significantly improve current profiling capabilities in boundary layer clouds, cirrus and mid-level ice clouds, and precipitating snow.

Vector Gravimeter for Asteroids (VEGA) Prototype Instrument Development and Flight Test

Company: Gedex Inc.

Location: Mississauga, ON

R&D Objective: This project will develop and test-fly an instrument that could explore the surface of asteroids – the VEGA. Very accurate measurements of the gravity force vector on the surface of an asteroid would provide answers on asteroid and solar system formation and help locate deposits of valuable minerals such as water ice, which are of interest to commercial asteroid mining companies. This instrument is designed to be compatible with very small, low-cost exploration spacecraft.

Nanometal Enabled Multifunctional Composites for Space Applications

Company: Integran Technologies Inc.

Location: Mississauga, ON

R&D Objective: The project aims to test and optimize a novel nanomaterial that has equivalent or better performance than aluminum in mechanical strength and stiffness, electromagnetic interference shielding, thermal conduction, and surface dust erosion resistance. The proposed material is composed mainly of a carbon-fiber-reinforced-polymer core coated with a nanometal developed by Integran Technologies.

Transponder Bonding

Company: International Datacasting Corporation (IDC)

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: The objective of this project is to enhance the distribution of high quality video and high speed data for satellite applications. This technology will permit the transmission of higher volumes of data in a shorter period of time, allowing satellite providers to keep up with the demand for higher-speed data exchanges.

Next Generation Reflector

Company: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

R&D Objective: This project aims at designing, manufacturing and testing a prototype of a new antenna reflector that would minimize the cost and mass of the next generation of antenna products.

End-to-End Space-Ground Communication

Company: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

R&D Objective: This project will focus on the development and the study of key advancements in satellite on-board processing technology in order to improve the level of integration of an end-to-end communications network. The idea is to provide a fully integrated approach where the utilization of ground and space segments are maximized.

High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Antenna Technology

Company: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC

R&D Objective: This project will focus on the development of HTS antenna technologies, encompassing multiple frequency bands.
Thanks to these innovative technologies, end-users will have acces to exclusive solutions in C-, Ku-, Ka- and Q/V-band.

Wide-Swath, 10m Resolution Hyperspectral Sensor and Mission

Company: MDA Systems Ltd.

Location: Richmond, BC

R&D Objective: This project will explore the feasibility of using novel technology in a compact spaceborne sensor. The sensor would be compact enough to fly on a small satellite while delivering better sensitivity, coverage, and resolution. Such smaller, cheaper satellites can be deployed in constellations that provide continental-scale coverage every few days, which is critical for such applications as agriculture and defence. As well, the company will test the use of non-radiation hardened signal processing devices in the harsh space environment to enhance their performance.

On-board Processing

Company: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA)

Location: Richmond, BC

R&D Objective: This project will seek to will test the use of non-radiation hardened signal processing devices in the harsh space environment to enhance their performance.

Software for Advanced Composite Material Modeling

Company: MAYA Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd. (MAYA HTT)

Location: Montreal, QC

R&D Objective: This project will develop software to improve the realism and accuracy of structural modelling tools used to predict the progressive degradation of composites in space technologies.

Next Generation TriDAR

Company: Neptec Design Group Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: This project will focus on the creation of a next-generation TriDAR platform. TriDAR is a 3D sensor used to perform autonomous rendezvous and docking in space. This project aims to reduce the TriDAR products mass, volume and power consumption in order to broaden the range of applicable missions. The project will also improve the system's data acquisition and scan speed performance, add cooperative tracking capability, evaluate and test solid state beam steering detector and technologies, and demonstrate the feasibility of hybrid 3D sensing.

Next Generation Thermal Imager

Company: Neptec Design Group Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: This project will focus on the development of a high resolution next-generation thermal camera specifically designed for space. The increase in resolution will result in a camera that is better suited to new space applications such as spacecraft inspection and remote sensing, thus potentially opening new markets for Neptec.

High Precision Laser RangeFinder

Company: Neptec Design Group Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: This project further improves Neptec's high-precision laser rangefinding capabilities, essential to enabling spacecraft formation flying missions. The advancement of this technology will achieve higher levels of measurement accuracy at distances never reached before. This helps to secure a competitive advantage in the field of navigation sensor technologies and establish Canada as a recognized leader in the development of flight products for formation flying.

LiDAR-based Rover Navigation Software

Company: Neptec Design Group Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: This project advances Neptec's rover-based planetary exploration technologies based on Neptec's in-house family of 3D scanning LiDAR sensors. The project will develop a LiDAR-based suite of navigation software that integrates LiDAR visual odometry, efficient mapping, path planning, and obstacle avoidance, using the unique scanning pattern provided by Neptec's sensors.

Self Calibrating Radiation Tolerant Time-to-Digital Converter (TDC)

Company: Neptec Design Group Ltd.

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: This project is for the design and development of a Self Calibrating Radiation Tolerant TDC prototype that will comprise the following features: maintain its own accuracy across all operating conditions; allow for custom data processing and control logic to be implemented in a single device (thus reducing complexity of on-board electronics); and be used as part of a rangefinder for topographic mapping, satellite formation flying as well as rendezvous and docking operations.

Geometric Error Source Identification and Quantification (GESIQ)

Company: NGC Aérospatiale Ltée

Location: Sherbrooke, QC

R&D Objective: The main objective of the GESIQ study is to develop a technology for the improvement of Earth-observation satellite parameters knowledge by identifying and quantifying the geometric errors sources in the satellite imagery data starting from known geometric errors previously determined using ground control points.

Autonomous Navigation & Mapping (ANIMA)

Company: NGC Aérospatiale Ltée

Location: Sherbrooke, QC

R&D Objective: The purpose of this project is to enable the development and validation of an innovative navigation and mapping technology to be integrated onboard exploration rover systems, enabling navigation, mapping and localization of mobile vehicle systems where Global Positioning System (GPS) or other absolute navigation infrastructure are not reliable or even available.

Electron Multiplying Charged Coupled Device (EMCCD) Camera Controller

Company: Nüvü Caméras Inc.

Location: Montreal, QC

R&D Objective: This project aims to advance the design of their electron-multiplying charge-coupled device camera controller in order to prepare it for future space missions by reducing power consumption and adapting heat dissipation of the device controller.

Scanning Lidar System

Company: Optech Inc.

Location: Vaughan, ON

R&D Objective: This project will develop a prototype scanning LiDAR system that combines new LiDAR technology and a scanning mirror mechanism. This system will provide a range of information that can be used for space robotics and planetary exploration.

A novel nano-filtration technology for aerospace applications

Company: Qidni Labs Inc.

Location: Kitchener, ON

R&D Objective: This project is to design, build and test high-performance and durable nano-filters to be used in the aerospace industry. These nano-filters would serve in the filtration of fluid system protection in engine lubrication, engine fuel, coolant, radar cooling systems and odor/bacteria/virus removal from water and air.

Multi-channel Modulator Pre-Compensation

Company: SED Systems (a division of Calian Ltd.)

Location: Saskatoon, SK

R&D Objective: The project will design, develop and implement an innovative algorithm that will allow satellites to send more data at a reduced cost.

Development of 3G/4G Satcom Tester Technology

Company: Square Peg Communications Inc. (SPCI)

Location: Ottawa, ON

R&D Objective: The project will develop a network simulator for third- and fourth-generation (3G/4G) mobile satellite terminals. This will facilitate the development of new terminals and applications that extend the capabilities of 3G/4G terrestrial wireless systems to users on land, at sea or in the air.

On-Board Autonomous Cross-Cueing of Earth Observation (EO) Sensor Systems for Maritime Domain Awareness and Tasking Optimization

Company: UrtheCast Corp.

Location: Vancouver, BC

R&D Objective: The objective of this project is to develop a unique space-borne on-board autonomous tasking system, allowing for improved detection and identification of targets, and cloud-free target imaging.

Dual L and X Band Active Planar Array Antenna for Space-based Radar

Company: UrtheCast Corp.

Location: Vancouver, BC

R&D Objective: The project aims to develop the design of a new Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) antenna. This will include building and testing a technology prototype to evaluate the performance. The targeted application for this technology is for a SAR payload deployed on the International Space Station (ISS).

Q7 Camera Boards

Company: Xiphos Systems Corp.

Location: Montreal, QC

R&D Objective: This project aims to leverage the company's miniaturized data-processing technology with a versatile camera interface board for the new Q7 processor card. It will address a market niche in spacecraft image processing from a wide range of conventional and specialized imagers. Potential applications for this technology include space, security and forest fire management.

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