Canada Announces $80.9 Million Investment in Space Industry

SAINT-HUBERT, Quebec, April 27, 2017 (Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada PR) — Canada’s space sector develops new technologies that have the potential to advance scientific discovery and improve the lives of Canadians.

This is why Budget 2017 proposes to provide $80.9 million over five years, starting in 2017–18, to the Canadian Space Agency. These investments will be used to develop emerging technologies, will create more well-paying jobs, will support scientific breakthroughs and will make Canada a world-leading centre for innovation.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, was joined by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the first Canadian in space, to celebrate the proposed funding at the Canadian Space Agency’s headquarters outside Montréal.


Canadian Astronaut Search Down to 17 Finalists

Canadian astronaut finalists (Credit: CSA)

TORONTO, April 24, 2017 (CSA PR) — Seventeen candidates will go through the final rounds of assessments in the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. By the summer, the CSA will select two qualified astronauts among this pool of finalists.


Canada to Announce Astronaut Finalists on Monday

Toronto, Ontario, April 20, 2017 — On April 24, Minister Bains will introduce the final candidates to undergo the last rounds of assessments as part of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign.

The media is invited to attend the event. Candidates will be available for interviews onsite.

Date: April 24, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

What: Introduction of the top astronaut candidates

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Jeremy Hansen, Canadian Space Agency astronaut
Top astronaut candidates

Holiday Inn Toronto – Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M6A 2V1
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(Please note that parking is available at a fee)

Watch the livestream of the event here.

For more information on the astronaut recruitment campaign, consult our media kit.

Video: 32 CSA Astronaut Candidates Undergo Tests

Video Caption: 2017-04-07 – For the fourth time in its history, Canada has found exceptional people ready to push the boundaries of science, innovation and space exploration. 3772 Canadians responded to the call for two new Canadian astronauts. Following preliminary tests and ongoing evaluations, 32 candidates have been selected to go to the next stage.

In this video, watch the top 32 candidates go through the second series of aptitude tests to pursue their dream of becoming one of the next Canadian astronauts.

Visit our website to find out who is still in the running! (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA)

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Canada Continues Support for Human Spaceflight

LONGUEUILL, Quebec (CSA PR) –Space agencies from around the world are looking towards the future of deep-space exploration beyond the International Space Station (ISS). Canada is exploring how to contribute to the exciting new opportunities that will ensue as humanity takes its next steps into the solar system.

The Government commitment in Budget 2016 to extend Canada’s participation in the ISS program will provide opportunities to develop leading-edge space technologies and also to conduct research to position Canada’s space sector to take advantage of opportunities in the next phase of human space exploration.


CSA Astronaut Selection: And Then There Were 72

The infographic features the latest data, as of February 2, 2017, on the candidates who have been selected for the next step of the selection process in the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign.

There is a map of Canada with dots on it to show which universities the top 72 candidates graduated from. Here are the universities, from west to east.

  • British Columbia: Royal Roads Military College, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria.
  • Alberta: The King’s University, University of Alberta, University of Calgary.
  • Saskatchewan: University of Saskatchewan.
  • Manitoba: University of Manitoba.
  • Ontario: Carleton University, McMaster University, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Ryerson University, Queen’s University, Royal Military College of Canada, Seneca College – School of Aviation and Flight Technology, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University.
  • Quebec: Concordia University, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Laval University, McGill University, University of Sherbrooke.
  • New Brunswick: University of New Brunswick.
  • Nova Scotia: Acadia University, Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, St. Francis Xavier University, Technical University of Nova Scotia.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Some candidates also obtained degrees outside Canada (38 universities).

Of the candidates selected for the next step of the selection process, 68% are men and 32% are women.

The candidates hold a total of 210 university degrees.

Here is a breakdown of their degrees by field of study:

  • Engineering: 79
  • Medicine/health: 38
  • Physical sciences: 35
  • Biological and biomedical sciences: 23
  • Aeronautics and aerospace: 14
  • Other: 21

Note: Numbers are based on available data, and percentages are rounded.




CSA Awards Contract to Carre Technologies for Astroskin System

Astroskin – A smart shirt for space (Credit: CSA)

LONGUEUIL, QC, Oct. 21, 2016 (CSA PR) — The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is awarding a new contract to Carré Technologies of Montreal, Quebec, to continue advancing technology on Astroskin, an innovative bio-monitoring system for use aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Consisting of a “smart shirt” and related software, Astroskin will collect valuable scientific data on astronauts’ vital signs, sleep quality and activity levels during their missions. Canadian Space Agency Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will test Astroskin during his six-month mission aboard the ISS in 2018-19.


“Astroskin is a perfect example of how our government works with small, innovative, Canadian businesses on space technologies that lead to commercial versions for use by Canadians.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Astroskin may have many applications on Earth, such as medical monitoring of those confined to their homes by illness, people living in remote areas with limited medical access, and those working in hazardous environments. It is another in a long list of space technologies brought down to Earth for all of us.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

“Our team is proud of the role we are playing to support human space travel. One day, thousands of space travelers bound for Mars will need simple reliable medical systems to ensure their health. Deploying our wearable sensors and software to the ISS is significant as this represents the ultimate remote patient monitoring scenario. The findings from tracking the health of astronauts will be used to make our healthcare system more accessible and support new home care and telemedicine services.”

Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO and co-founder, Carré Technologies



Canadian Technology Launched Aboard NASA’s OSIRIS-REx

This is an artist's concept of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Chris Meaney
This is an artist’s concept of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft preparing to take a sample from asteroid Bennu. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/Chris Meaney)

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — The Government of Canada recognizes the valuable contributions of the nation’s researchers as they continue to explore new frontiers in science. Today, Canadian-built technology launched on board a NASA spacecraft that is en route to a mysterious asteroid named Bennu. The OSIRIS-REx launch occurred at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:05 p.m. EDT and was attended by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science. She was joined on site by Sylvain Laporte, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), and Dr. Erick Dupuis, the CSA‘s Director of Space Exploration Development.


OSIRIS-REx Tech: Mapping an Asteroid with Lasers

Video Caption: The OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) will provide a three-dimenional map of asteroid Bennu’s shape, which will allow scientists to understand the context of the asteroid’s geography and the sample location. OLA is provided by the Canadian Space Agency in exchange for Canadian ownership of a portion of the returned asteroid sample.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space flight Center/Katrina Jackson

ESA Euronews: Canada’s Robot Masters

Video Caption: Robots are an essential companion to mankind in space, and many of the modern-day masters of these robots are to be found in Montreal, home to the Canadian Space Agency.

Euronews Space has unique access to the team, among them operations engineer Mathieu Caron, who can steer the Canadarm 2 directly from his control room, or instruct astronauts piloting it in space.

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CSA Awards MDA Multiple Space Exploration Contracts

mda_logoRichmond, BCMacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (“MDA” or the “Company”) (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today announced that it has been awarded multiple contracts from the Canadian Space Agency with a combined total value of CA$1.7 million.

MDA will provide:


Getting to Upmass: A Dragon’s Tale

A Station that Needs Everything
A Scrappy Startup Contracted to Ship 35.4 Metric Tons of It
Ought to be Easy Enough, Right?

SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)
SpaceX Dragon freighter at ISS. (Credit: NASA)

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The International Space Station (ISS) is not exactly a self-sufficient outpost. The station’s occupants can’t jump into a Soyuz and pop over to an orbiting Wal-Mart when they run out of food, water or toothpaste. Everything the six astronauts need to survive — save for the random plastic wrench or replacement part they can now 3-D print — must be shipped up from the majestic blue planet 400 km below them.