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Achievements of the David Florida Laboratory

Since its opening, the David Florida Laboratory (DFL) has contributed significantly to telecommunications and satellite remote sensing in Canada. Today, the DFL continues to play a key role in the Canadian Space Program. Because of its achievements, the DFL has been used by a number of other countries as an integration and testing centre for space hardware. Below is a short list of the main projects in which the DFL has been involved since 1972.


Date Event Notes
2008 to 2009 James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

This successor to the Hubble Space Telescope – JWST – is a joint mission by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Canada is providing the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) which is integral to the telescope's attitude control system.

The environmental test campaign for the FGS will be done at the DFL.

2008 Cassiope

Cassiope carries two payloads; Cascade provides the world's first space-based, commercial, electronic courier service and the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (ePOP) studies space weather phenomena in the Earth's upper atmosphere.

The environmental test campaign for Cassiope will be done at the DFL.

2007 Telstar 11N

American Ku-Band communications satellite provides coverage across North America and Europe.

Thermal vacuum testing at the spacecraft level was done at the DFL under contract from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) for Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

2007 CMBStar 1

American telecommunications satellite built by SS/L provides mobile video services for the 2008 Olympics. Also known as EchoStar 13.

Thermal vacuum testing on the all-up spacecraft was done at the DFL under contract from MDA for SS/L.

2001 to 2007

Earth Observation Satellite

Canada's next-generation Earth-observation satellite was launched in December 2007.
2003 MOST Canada's astronomical space telescope that studies the Microvariability and Oscillation of Stars (MOST)
2003 SCISAT-1 Canada's terrestrial atmospheric studies satellite.

Communications Satellite

Australian communications satellite.
2000 to 2001

Communications Satellites

Japanese direct-to-home television broadcast communications satellite, known as Broadcast Satellite 4 (BS 4) Program. DFL was contracted by Orbital Sciences Corporation for mass properties measurements and radio frequency functional testing.

Communications Satellite

Indonesian direct broadcast communications satellite. Also known as Cakrawarta 1.
1995 to 2004 Mobile Servicing System (MSS) The MSS is Canada's crucial contribution to the International Space Station and consists of the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator (Dextre), the Space Station Remote Manipulator (CANADARM2), and the Mobile Base System.
1992 to 1996

MSAT M1 et M2
Mobile Communications Satellites

Commercial mobile communications satellites. MSAT M2 is also known as AMSC 1 (American Mobile Satellite Corporation 1).
1992 to 1995

Earth Observation Satellite

Canada's first Earth-observation satellite.
1988 to 1992

ANIK E1 and E2
Communications Satellites

Replacing the ANIK C and D satellites.
1985 to 1989

Communications Satellite

Large ESA multipayload communications satellite. Also known as L SAT (Large Satellite).
1984 to 1985

DFL Expansion
High Bay 3

In support of testing the ESA Olympus communications satellite.
1983 to 1986

Communications Satellites

First international prime contract. Also known as Brazil's SBTS (Sistema Brasileiro de Telecomunicacoes por Satellite).
1981 to 1982

ANIK D1 and D2
Communications Satellites

First prime contract awarded to a Canadian company.
1980 to 1982

Communications Satellite

Launched by the U.S. Space Shuttle (STS-07)
1979 to 1981 DFL Expansion First expansion of the DFL's Qualification Facilities to support Canadian prime contractor capability.
1979 Ongoing since 1979

SRMS follow-on program

The Shuttle Remote Manipulator System.
1972 to 1974

Communications Satellite

First satellite integrated and tested at the DFL. Joint Canadian-American effort to demonstrate direct-to-home broadcasting. Also known as the Communications Technology Satellite.
1972 DFL Official Opening September 29, 1972.

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