Longueuil, Quebec (CSA PR) –– A made-in-Canada laser aboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has produced high-resolution topographic maps of the four locations on asteroid Bennu that mission scientists have identified as candidates for sample collection.
ISS Multilateral Coordination Board Joint Statement
The International Space Station (ISS) Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) met on August 6, 2019. Its members acknowledged the recent 50th anniversary of the first human steps on
the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission, praised the ongoing
important work of the ISS, and discussed opportunities for the future of
human exploration on and around the Moon and forward to Mars.
LONGUEUIL, Que. (CSA AO) — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the NEOSSat (Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite) space telescope. (Full Announcement)
WEBSTER, Texas USA and HALIFAX, NS, Canada – A new generation radio-frequency (RF) Power Processing Unit (PPU) for the VASIMR engine, built by Aethera Technologies Ltd. of Canada, has completed a series of full power acceptance tests at Ad Astra Rocket Company’s Texas facility near Houston. The unit completed these tests on August 12 by operating in a thermal steady-state with no anomalies at its full power rating of 120 kW.
The RF PPU is now ready to be incorporated into Ad Astra’s vacuum facility so that it can be tested with the VX- 200SS VASIMR prototype. These tests are part of Ad Astra’s ongoing program under the NASA NextSTEP partnership contract.
BRAMPTON, Ont. (MDA PR) — MDA, a Maxar company (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), has been awarded two contracts from the Canadian Space Agency for work on Phase A of the Gateway External Robotic Interfaces project.
LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — From August 13 to 14, Dextre, Canada’s robotic handyman on the International Space Station, will conduct a demonstration of how robots could refuel satellites and spacecraft to extend their useful lifetimes.
NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) will use Dextre’s proven ability to perform highly delicate tasks on the International Space Station, to test the hardware and procedures needed to store and transfer cryogenic fluids.
Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) on behalf of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) located in St-Hubert, (Quebec), is seeking bids to conduct concept studies and technology developments for Lunar Surface Autonomous Science Payloads. These activities correspond with the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) priorities and mission roadmaps.
This Priority Technology (PT) is specified in APPENDIX A-5 of ANNEX A and the work solicited is the development and advancement of this technology up to potentially TRL 6 (Technology Readiness Levels), (see APPENDIX A-1 of ANNEX A) to reduce technical uncertainties and support approval and implementation of specific potential future space missions of interest to Canada.
Up to six (6) contract is expected to be awarded. For additional information, please refer to Part 4 – Evaluation Procedures and Basis of Selection, of the bid solicitation.
The maximum funding available for each Contract resulting from the bid solicitation is $700,000.00 [US $526,397] per contract (Applicable Taxes extra).
Period of Contract
From date of award for up to 18 months.
The Intellectual property will vest with the contractor.
LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — Our digital economy depends on keeping data safe from hackers. Cybersecurity is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency’s Quantum EncrYption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) mission will test quantum technology that protects communications in space.
The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is awarding a contract worth $30 million to Honeywell for the design and implementation phases of the QEYSSat mission.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today the following changes in the senior ranks of the Public Service:
General (Retired) Walter John Natynczyk, former Chief of the Defence Staff, becomes President of the Canadian Space Agency, effective August 6, 2013.
General (Retired) Walter John Natynczyk, C.M.M., MSC, CD
Business Administration Degree, Royal Roads Military College and Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Quebec Graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto Masters of Military Science, United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
The Canadian and French space agencies will be getting new presidents over the next two months.
CSA President Dr. Steve MacLean will be stepping down on Feb. 1 for greener pastures in the private sector. The former astronaut, who flew in space twice, has served as the agency’s president since 2008.
CNES President Yannick d’Escatha will retire in mid-March when he turns 65, which is the mandatory retirement age for heads of government agencies in France. He has served in that position for a decade since his appointment on Feb. 19, 2003.
The Aerospace Review report contains two volumes: Volume 1: Beyond the Horizon: Canada’s Interests and Future in Aerospace and Volume 2: Reaching Higher: Canada’s Interests and Future in Space.
The Space volume notes that Canada was a pioneer in space, and that Canada’s national interest demands that the country make effective use of space to unlock wealth, protect the environment and the population, and deliver services. This will be truer more than ever as the North opens and space technologies advance.
Ottawa, November 29, 2012—The aerospace and space sectors make critical contributions to Canada’s prosperity and security, but if those sectors are to remain vibrant and competitive over the next 20 to 30 years, relevant public policies and programs will need to keep pace with rapidly changing global conditions.
That is the central finding of the arm’s-length Aerospace Review, which was launched by the Government of Canada on February 27, 2012.
Ottawa, Ontario, September 14, 2012 (CSA PR)— Can astronauts play hockey in space? Today astronaut Jeremy Hansen along with a grade 7 classroom, conducted a science experiment using a roll of scotch tape, pencils, a writing pad and a paper clip as part of an experiment to see if hockey could be played in zero-gravity. The hockey experiment is part of a new contest by the Canadian Space Agency that will see one lucky classroom’s experiment performed by Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station and streamed live on the Internet to the whole world, during a unique Earth to space connection at the winners’ school.