CSA Awards CAD $9 Million for Technology Development

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded 14 contracts worth just over CAD $9 million (US $6.6 million) to eight companies under its Space Technology Development Program (STDP).

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) received a total of six contracts worth CAD $3.5 million (US $2.6 million). COM DEV of Cambridge, Ont., received a pair of contracts worth nearly CAD $1.6 million (US $1.1 million). And UrtheCast of Vancouver received a contract worth $999,916 (US $736,131).

“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,” CSA said on its website.

The space agency plans to award additional contracts under the STDP. Details of the awards are below.

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.

CompanyContribution ValueProject
Burloak Technologies Inc.
Oakville, Ontario
$1,000,000 (US $736,193)Hot Isostatic Pressing of Additively Manufactured Space-Use Components in Aluminum and Titanium
UrtheCast Corporation
Vancouver, British Columbia
$999,916 (US $736,131)UrthePlatform Analytics Engine
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc.
Brampton, Ontario
$935,132 (US $688,437)Robotics Servicing System (RSS) Arm-joint Development
MDA Systems Ltd.
Richmond, British Columbia
$408,312 (US $300,596)Onboard Closed-loop Tracking for Space Situational Awareness Applications
SED Systems a division of Calian Ltd.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
$970,420 (US $714,416)Ultra Wideband Satellite Modem
MDA
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$1,000,000 (US $736,193)Advanced Antennas and Payload Technologies for Software Defined Satellites
MDA
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$1,000,000 (US $736,193)Beam Hopping Technology Development for HTS Communication Systems
COM DEV Ltd.
Cambridge, Ontario
$743,662 (US $547,479)Integrated Assembly for Next Evolution Satellite
COM DEV Ltd.
Cambridge, Ontario
$814,906 (US $599,928)OISL Communication subsystem advancement

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.

CompanyContribution ValueProject
QEYnet Inc.
Vaughan, Ontario
$249,983 (US $184,036)Vulnerability Mitigation of a QKD Satellite Rekeying Device
Space Codesign Systems Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$179,400 (US $132,073)Hardware/Software Codesign Methodology for high-performance on-board processing applied on artificial intelligence of space

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.

CompanyContribution ValueProject
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates  Inc.  (formerly Neptec Design Group Ltd.)
Kanata, Ontario
$99,696 (US $73,395)AI – Enabled Non-Cooperative Sensor Mission Validation Tool
MDA
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec
$100,000 (US $73,619)Large-Scale True Time Delay Optical Beamforming for RF Phased Array

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.

CompanyContribution ValueProject
Laboratoire Reaction Dynamics
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
$500,000 (US $368,096)Integrated high-efficiency catalytic ignition system for rocket engines