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Contracts awarded: Concept studies and technology development for lunar autonomous science payloads

The Canadian Space Agency is preparing Canada's space community and collaborating sectors – including Canadian companies, universities, research institutions, and other organizations – for potential roles in the long-term exploration of the Moon. The Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP) was created to provide a wide range of opportunities for Canadian science and technology activities in lunar orbit, on the Moon's surface, and beyond.

LEAP aims to foster innovation in areas of strength for Canada, like artificial intelligence, robotics, science and health. It will support the commercialization of innovative ideas from Canadian industry, including small and medium-sized businesses, in order to help them become an integral part of the growing new-space economy. The scientific and technological advancements stemming from LEAP are expected to generate tangible benefits for Canadians in their everyday lives.

In early , following a request for proposals issued in , the Space Technology Development Program (STDP) awarded seven contracts for the LEAP totalling $4.4M for concept studies and technology development for lunar surface autonomous science payloads. The list of contracts awarded, including organizations, contract values and project descriptions, is presented below.

Organization Contract value
Canadensys Aerospace Corporation
Bolton, Ontario
$599,382
Mission Control Space Services
Ottawa, Ontario
$645,251
Canadensys Aerospace Corporation
Bolton, Ontario
$499,984
ABB Inc.
Quebec City, Quebec
$693,193
Magellan Aerospace
Winnipeg, Manitoba
$607,258
Bubble Technology Industries Inc.
Chalk River, Ontario
$698,321
Western University
London, Ontario
$690,123

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