Canada Makes Investment in ESA Program as it Defines New Space Policy Direction

Canada contributes $16M to keep foothold in European space plan
CBC News

“Canada’s space agency is hoping a relatively small investment in the next European space budget will reap big rewards down the road as it tries to navigate a new direction for its satellite and space industry.

“Canada’s commitment of funds — about 10 million euros, or $15.8 million — is a tiny portion of the total sum committed, said Gilles Leclerc, the director general of space technologies at the Canadian Space Agency. But he said that contribution allows Canada to contribute to the direction of the agency and share in the resources.

“‘It’s a very modest contribution, and so the industrial return is limited, but it does give us access to a wealth of information, much of it in the form of satellite data and imagery,’ said Leclerc on Friday, a day after returning from the conference.”