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Contributions awarded under the STDPAO 6

Funding for space research and development

In -, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) awarded $23 million in funding to 40 Canadian companies, including 31 SMEs, to pioneer research and development (R&D) for 48 advanced space technology projects. A description of the projects, selected companies, and funding amounts are presented below under four categories:

This funding initiative aims to:

Space research and development: Advanced technologies

The companies were awarded non-repayable contributions of up to $1 million for advanced space technologies. These projects are expected to last up to three years and produce economic benefits in the next two to five years.

Space research and development: Advanced technologies
Company Contribution value Project
Burloak Technologies Inc.
Oakville, Ontario
$1,000,000 Hot Isostatic Pressing of Additively Manufactured Space-Use Components in Aluminum and Titanium
EarthDaily Canada Holdings Corp.
Vancouver, British Columbia
$999,916 UrthePlatform Analytics Engine
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc.
Brampton, Ontario
$935,132 Robotics Servicing System (RSS) Arm-joint Development
MDA Systems Ltd.
Richmond, British Columbia
$408,312 Onboard Closed-loop Tracking for Space Situational Awareness Applications
SED Systems a division of Calian Ltd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
$970,420 Ultra Wideband Satellite Modem
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corp.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$1,000,000 Advanced Antennas and Payload Technologies for Software Defined Satellites
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corp.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$1,000,000 Beam Hopping Technology Development for HTS Communication Systems
Honeywell Aerospace
Cambridge, Ontario
(COM DEV Ltd.)
$743,662 Integrated Assembly for Next Evolution Satellite
Honeywell Aerospace
Cambridge, Ontario
(COM DEV Ltd.)
$814,906 OISL Communication subsystem advancement
GHGSat Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$1,000,000 Constellation Mission Experimental Payloads
C6 Launch Systems Corp.
Toronto, Ontario
$383,377 C6 STARS (Space Transmission and Reception System) towards technology readiness level (TRL)-6
Menya Solutions Inc.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
$639,112.50 Autonomy-Enabling Technology for future Space Robotics
Maya Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,015 Rapid Thermal Model Correlation of Spacecraft using the Adjoint Method
Maya Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd.
Montreal, Quebec
$300,000 Thermal Modeling of Heat Pipes and Loop Heat Pipes
Reaction Dynamics
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
$1,000,000 Development of a full-scale rocket engine demonstrator for an orbital launch vehicle
Kepler Communications Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
$481,128 Advanced Antenna Technology for Telecommunication Nanosatellites
Integrity Testing Laboratory Inc.
Markham, Ontario
$936,800 Development of a dual vertical/horizontal loading ion-beam vacuum facility for novel space material processes
Teledyne Optech, a business unit of Teledyne Digital Imaging Inc.
Vaughan, Ontario
$1,000,000 AI-Enabled 2-Axis scanner
C-COM Satellite Systems Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario
$1,000,000 Ka-band phased array antenna system for broadband mobile HTS-SATCOM applications based on modular architecture
Magellan Aerospace Ltd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
$328,775 Next-Generation Spacecraft Command and Data Handling (C&DH NextGen)
CM Labs Simulations Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$643,291 Real-Time Simulation Platform for Robot Testing and Remote Operations Training
GlobVision Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$999,982.50 Generic intelligent constellation mission planning System (G-iCMPS)
Xiphos Systems Corp.
Montreal, Quebec
$404,900 Development of a High-Qualification, Fully Characterized, High-Performance Processing Platform for Demanding Constellation Missions

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.

Space research and development: Small businesses
Company Contribution value Project
QEYnet Inc.
Maple, Ontario
$249,983 Vulnerability Mitigation of a QKD Satellite Rekeying Device
Space Codesign Systems Inc.
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
$179,400 Hardware/Software Codesign Methodology for high-performance on-board processing applied on artificial intelligence of space
Good Vibrations Engineering Ltd.
King City, Ontario
$67,497 FMS Matlab Simulator Update based on test data from 3rd prototype
GHGSat Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 Pointing Mirror for Wide-Angle Fabry-Perot Spectrometer
DPL Science
Saint-Lazare, Quebec
$108,476 Intelligent Power Switch (iSwitch)
Stratodynamics Aviation Inc.
Kenilworth, Ontario
$247,125 HiDRON Suborbital Space Plane
Global Spatial Technology Solutions Inc.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
$200,710 On-board AI Computer Vision Solution Architecture for Space Applications
Wyvern Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta
$235,463 Deployable optical telescope for high-resolution LEO Earth observation
4pi Lab Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
$250,000 Development and testing of the EPiC-lite Camera System to Detect Very Small Wildfires
Complex System Inc.
Calgary, Alberta
$243,740 On-board satellite video generation technology for automated smart satellites
B-Con Engineering Inc.
Ottawa, Ontario
$218,455 Process to design, manufacture, and confirm metrology to make improved metal optics for space systems
Edgehog Advanced Technologies
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 Edgehog anti-reflective coverglass for enhanced space solar panels
Nüvü Caméras Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 High-performance cooling system for faint flux imaging detector
evolutionQ Inc.
Kitchener, Ontario
$231,402 Optimized Protocols and Architecture for Satellite-Based QKD Network
TransEON Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta
$249,774.15 High-Performance GaN MOSFETs for Enhanced Spaceborne MMICs
Lux Aerobot Inc.
Alma, Quebec
$250,000 Semi-autonomous long-endurance aerobot
Sciencetech Inc.
London, Ontario
$248,209 LABEISS system (Laser Ablation Elemental Isotopic Spectrometer)
ACSYNAM Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 High-Performance Propellant Additives for New State-of-the-Art Launch Vehicles

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.

Space research and development: Feasibility studies
Company Contribution value Project
MDA Vision Systems and Sensors (MDA VSS)
Kanata, Ontario
$99,696 AI - Enabled Non-Cooperative Sensor Mission Validation Tool
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Corp.
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$100,000 Large-Scale True Time Delay Optical Beamforming for RF Phased Array
Obruta Space Solutions Corp.
Ottawa, Ontario
$99,565 Novel Multi-Target Space Debris Removal Technology Feasibility Study
Kepler Communications Inc.
Toronto, Ontario
$99,314 Feasibility Study of Beamforming Radiofrequency Integrated Circuits

Space research and development: Next-wave technologies

The companies were awarded non-repayable contributions of up to $500,000 per next-wave space technology project. These R&D projects are expected to last up to three years and produce economic benefits in the next five to 10 years.

Space research and development: Next-wave technologies
Company Contribution value Project
Reaction Dynamics
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
$500,000 Integrated high-efficiency catalytic ignition system for rocket engines
SpaceRyde Inc.
Concord, Ontario
$500,000 Development of a lightweight rocket nozzle
MDA Vision Systems and Sensors (MDA VSS)
Kanata, Ontario
$452,694 Hemispherical Camera for Space Situational Awareness

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.

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