CSA Awards Additional Space Technology Development Contracts

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has awarded an additional 10 contracts worth nearly CAD $4.49 million (US $3.3 million) to eight companies under its Space Technology Development Program (STDP).

The awards were in addition to 14 STDP contracts worth just over CAD $9 million (US $6.6 million) the space agency awarded to eight companies last month.

“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 new contract 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.

GHGSat Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$1,000,000 (US $736,412)Constellation Mission Experimental Payloads
C6 Launch Systems
Toronto, Ontario
$383,377 (US $282,324)C6 STARS (Space Transmission and Reception System) towards technology readiness level (TRL)-6
Menya Solution Inc.
Sherbrooke, Quebec
$639,112.50 (US $470,650.29)Autonomy-Enabling Technology for future Space Robotics
Maya Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,015 (US $184,114)Rapid Thermal Model Correlation of Spacecraft using the Adjoint Method
Maya Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd.
Montreal, Quebec
$300,000 (US $220,924)Thermal Modeling of Heat Pipes and Loop Heat Pipes
Laboratoire Reaction Dynamics
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
$1,000,000 (US $736,412)Development of a full-scale rocket engine demonstrator for an orbital launch vehicle

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.

Good Vibrations Engineering Ltd.
King City, Ontario
$67,497 (US $49,706)FMS Matlab Simulator Update based on test data from 3rd prototype
GHGSat Inc.
Montreal, Quebec
$250,000 (US $184,103)Pointing Mirror for Wide-Angle Fabry-Perot Spectrometer

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.

Obruta Space Solutions Corp.
Ottawa, Ontario
$99,565 (US $73,321)Novel Multi-Target Space Debris Removal Technology Feasibility Study

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.

SpaceRyde Inc.
Richmond, Ontario
$500,000 (US $368,206)Development of a lightweight rocket nozzle