The Space Technology Development Program provides financial and technical support to Canadian organizations (Industry and Academia) to perform R&D on areas of interest (space technologies).
The program's main input is the identification of CSA's Space Technologies Priorities. They are identified in consultation with CSA's experts, OGD, Industry and Academia through a continuous process fed by the requirements of future missions whether they are at the concept level or in their early phases as well as strategic positioning of key technologies for Canada originating from government of Canada needs, socio economic benefits, and industrial positioning.
STDP develops capabilities and is always on the lookout for breakthroughs or disruptive technologies with the potential to give Canada a competitive advantage and recognition as a valued partner. STDP promotes the entry of new industrial players with new capacities to serve the national and international government and private sector landscape. The program funds projects varying from the conceptual to the flight readiness maturity levels. The endorsement provided to the private sector from government funding considerably leverages the marketing capacities of space sector trying to access international markets.
The program implementation covers proposals solicitation (through regular Request for Proposals), evaluation and selection; followed by rigorous project management.
The main outcomes of the program are: