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Contributions awarded under the STDPAO 5

Funding for space research and development

In spring 2019, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) awarded $15 million in funding to 25 Canadian companies to pioneer research and development (R&D) for 29 projects. A description of the projects, selected companies, and funding amounts are presented below under four distinct categories:

Space Research and Development: High Technology Readiness Level

The companies were awarded non-repayable contributions of up to $1 million for space R&D projects that have a high initial technology readiness level (TRL), between TRL 4 and TRL 6. These projects are expected to last up to three years and produce economic benefits in the next two to five years.

Company Contribution value Project
Honeywell Aerospace
Cambridge, Ontario
(COM DEV Ltd.)
$1,000,000 Optical Pointing and Tracking Relay Assembly for Communication (OPTRAC) Advanced Development
Kepler Communications Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
$1,000,000 Next generation telecommunications nano satellite
MPB Communications Inc.
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
$999,999 A Cost-Effective Ultra-High Throughput Space-Based Optical Link
UrtheCast Corporation
Vancouver, British Columbia
$1,000,000 A Novel Self-Cueing TCPED Cycle for High Resolution Wide Swath SAR Imaging
UrtheCast Corporation
Vancouver, British Columbia
$997,342 Automated Calibration and Validation of Optical Satellite Constellations
GHGSat Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$1,000,000 Order-of-Magnitude Performance Improvement for WAF-P Spectrometer
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corporation
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$750,000 Mk2 Reflector Enhancement: Engineered Composite Panel and Triaxial Woven Shell
ABB Inc.
Quebec City, Quebec
$757,294 Compact Fore-Optics for Space 2.0 Applications

Burloak Technologies Inc.
Oakville, Ontario

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corporation
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

$744,227 Large Scale Additive Manufactured RF Satellite Communication Sub-Systems
SED Systems, a division of Calian Ltd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
$798,884 Bonded Satellite Modem
Square Peg Communications Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario
$719,935 RF Test Technology for LEO Satellite Networks
Canadensys Aerospace Corporation $499,586 Canadian Multi-Purpose Nano-Class Space Imager Performance Characterization

Space Research and Development: Small Businesses

The small businesses (up to a maximum of 50 employees) were awarded non-repayable contributions of up to $250,000. These space R&D projects are expected to last up to three years and produce economic benefits in the next five to 10 years.

Company Contribution value Project
GHGSat Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 Spectrometer Concepts for Monitoring of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Individual Sites
Xiphos Systems Corporation
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 Qualification of a COTS-Based Payload Computer for Demanding, Long-Duration Constellation Missions
Nüvü Caméras Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$249,000 Wide Field EMCCD Camera Towards TRL-5
Exonetik Inc.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
$249,262 Magnethorheological Robotic Arms for Space
Blue Sky Spectroscopy Inc.
Lethbridge, Alberta
$249,560 Development of a Data Processing Framework for Space-Based Post-Dispersed Fourier Transform Spectrometers
NGC Aerospace Ltd.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
$250,000 Relative Navigation and Hazard Detection & Avoidance Integration for Commercial Landers
Bubble Technology Industries Inc.
Chalk River, Ontario
$249,443 Investigation of Innovative Scintillators for Miniaturized Space Radiation Spectrometers
Good Vibrations Engineering Ltd.
King City, Ontario
$43,069 Force Moment Sensor (FMS) Linear Dynamic Testing of 3rd Prototype
Mission Control Space Services Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario
$249,991 Mission Control Software: End-to-end Operations and Autonomy Framework for Commercial Lunar Exploration Missions

Space Research and Development: Feasibility Studies

The companies were awarded non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 for feasibility studies related to space projects and technologies with strong commercial potential. These R&D projects are expected to last up to two years and produce economic benefits in the next five to 10 years.

Company Contribution value Project
C6 Launch Systems Corporation
Calgary, Alberta
$71,990 C6 STARS (Space Transmission and Reception System) Feasibility Study
Maya HTT Ltd.
Montreal, Quebec
$98,920 Correlation of Spacecraft In-Flight and Simulated Temperatures through Machine Learning

Space Research and Development: Low Technology Readiness Level

The companies were awarded non-repayable contributions of up to $500,000 for space R&D projects that have a low initial TRL, between TRL 1 and TRL 3. These R&D projects are expected to last up to three years and produce economic benefits in the next five to 10 years.

Company Contribution value Project
ARTsensing Inc.
Mississauga, Ontario
$489,000 Nanotechnology-Based Radiation Shields
Honeywell Aerospace
Cambridge, Ontario
(COM DEV Ltd.)
$500,000 Photonics for Space-Based Communications Networks
Teledyne Optect Inc.
Vaughan, Ontario
$498,659 3D Imaging Lidar
ABB Inc.
Quebec City, Ontario
$499,480 Multiplexed Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS)
Reaction Dynamics Lab Inc.
St-Laurent, Quebec
$473,936 Development of Guidance, Navigation, and Control Technologies for a Hybrid Engine Small Satellite Launch Vehicle
MDA Systems Ltd.
Richmond, British Columbia
$101,911 On-Board Processing with Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accelerators

These funds were awarded through the CSA's Space Technology Development Program (STDP), which supports innovation for the growth of the Canadian space sector and aims to reduce technological unknowns of future space missions. Contribution agreements are issued to Canadian organizations to support the development of innovative technologies with strong commercial potential. As part of a competitive process, proposals are selected based on the applicant's (mainly industry) capacity to advance the development of specific space technologies for which they receive financial support of up to 75% of their project cost.

This funding initiative aims to:

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