CSA Faces 14 Percent Budget Cut

Things are not looking for very good north of the border:

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is bracing for cuts with the announcement that the federal government will reduce the organization’s budget by 14 percent.

The government announced Feb. 28 it would reduce the agency’s budget from the current 424 million ($429 million) Canadian dollars to 363 million Canadian dollars.

It is not known at this point what cuts will have to be made to programs or whether CSA personnel will be laid off.

“At this time we don’t know how the upcoming federal budget will impact the Canadian Space Agency,” said Andrea Matte, a spokeswoman for the agency in Saint-Hubert, Quebec….

But part of the reductions in funding was expected. In 2009 the government announced it was providing the CSA with 110 million Canadian dollars over three years as part of its stimulus plan to reinvigorate the economy during the recession. That funding was used for contracts to develop terrestrial prototypes for space robotic vehicles and other projects.

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