Earth Observation

The Government Invests $26.7M in 33 Organizations for the Space Technology Development Program

Minister Bains, astronaut Jeremy Hansen, Canadian Space Agency president Sylvain Laporte and representatives from some of the organizations that received funding through the Space Technology Development Program

Everyone was smiling at MDA’s Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue facility, not only because the government had just announced an investment of $26.7 million through the Space Technology Development Program (STDP), but also because the participants we’re about to see the three RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) satellites before they get shipped for launch this fall. All told, there were 49 projects funded through the STDP from two announcements of opportunities.

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Canada to Launch 15 University Built Satellites by 2020

CubeSat deployment expedition 33

It is unprecedented and it’s about time. The announcement that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) had selected 15 university teams to participate in the Canadian CubeSat Project was made last Friday at the University of Manitoba by astronaut Jenni Sidey. The selected teams insure that there is representation from every province and territory. This is a national endeavour.

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Planet and KSAT Threaten to Pull Ground Station Assets out of Canada (Updated)

The new commercial ground station built by New North Networks

Planet took the opportunity while presenting at the Canadian SmallSat Symposium to deliver a very public ultimatum to Global Affairs Canada. Either there is measurable progress on licensing of their ground stations in Inuvik by June 1, or they will dismantle them and leave Canada. And they weren’t the only company to threaten this action.

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