The CSA had announced on June 29th a public tender to fund up to six contracts worth a total of $1.5 million for concept studies related to its Exploration Core program.
There are three categories of studies that will be funded. The first, Concept Study 1, includes one contract for a Canadian led space telescope. The second, Concept Study 2, includes two contracts, which can be for either studies on orbital debris removal or a miniature laser Raman spectrometer for planetary exploration. The third, Concept Study 3, includes three contracts for either a technology demonstration on the International Space Station or a functional textile demonstration on the International Space Station (ISS). The intellectual property from these studies will belong to Canada.
In addition to deadline extension the CSA also recently announced the tender for 150 solar cells for low earth orbit microsatellite applications perhaps indicating their intent in going ahead with a Canadian led small space telescope.