The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) renewed their cooperative agreement today for another 10 years building upon a unique relationship that has benefited Canada and the European Union. The agreement signed in Paris earlier today by Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA means the two agencies can continue foster cooperation in space science and technology.
According to the CSA the agreement with ESA is of strategic importance to the Canadian space program as it provides Canadian industry and scientists with access and opportunities to potential European partners.
“Through this ten-year extension of our Cooperation Agreement with ESA, Canada will continue to leverage its scientific and technological knowledge to further advance space-based expertise and strengthen our relations in support of the mutual interests and priorities of our space programs,” said Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency.
“With this signature today, we are opening a new chapter that will offer opportunities for Canadian contributions to ESA’s programmes and ESA contributions to Canadian programmes,” stated Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA.
An example of this cooperation is the announcement earlier this summer that Canada will be supplying the Solar Occupation Spectrometer as part of the MATMOS instrument for the joint ESA-NASA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter scheduled for launch in 2016.