Canada Contributes $14.2 Million in 2024 Towards ESA Cooperation Agreement

Image credit: Canadian Space Agency.

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) will contribute $14,216,200.80 to the European Space Agency (ESA) for the calendar year 2024 for its “Basic Activities.”

In 2019 the CSA renewed its cooperation agreement with ESA for 10 years. As part of that agreement the CSA contributes an annual agreed upon contribution assessed by ESA for its basic activities for the year.

In return for its contribution, the CSA expected results include “opportunities to advance science and technologies” for Canadian organizations.

Logo credit: Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency.

Last spring the CSA detailed new contributions for the ESA cooperation agreement in the following areas.

  • Earth Observation – €12.8M ($19.2M)
  • General Support Technology Program (GSTP) – €1.8M ($2.7M)
  • Human and Robotic Exploration – €3.0M ($4.5M)
  • Navigation – €1.2M ($1.8M)
  • Telecommunications – €13.2M ($19.79M) ($4.65M)

A recent example of a Canadian company getting a contract in the Telecommunications area, specifically the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) program, is Ottawa based Square Peg Communications who are working with ESA in the area of satellite-based 5G communications.

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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