Two Canadian technologies are going to the Moon

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LONGUEUIL, QC,Oct. 29, 2020/CNW Telbec/ – TheCanadian Space Agency(CSA) is helping prepareCanada’sspace industry for future missions to the Moon. The CSA is awarding$3.3 millionin contributions to support the demonstration of two lunar technology payloads and their launch to the Moon.This is the first timeCanadawill conduct a technology demonstration in lunar orbit and on the Moon’s surface. It represents a significant step inCanada’sparticipation in the next chapter ofMoon exploration.The demonstrations are:

  • OntariocompanyCanadensys Aerospace Corporationwill develop, launch and test a lightweight and energy-efficient 360° camera that will capture stunning panoramic images of the lunar surface.
  • Quebec-basedNGC Aerospace Ltd.will demonstrate a planetary navigation system similar to the GPS technology used on Earth. The system will use features on the surface of the Moon to guide and land a lunar vehicle safely, in a precise location.

These innovative technologies will enable new commercial opportunities and position the Canadian space industry for the future economy created by Moon exploration. The CSA will continue to support Canadian organizations by providing awide range of opportunitiesfor Canadian science and technology activities in lunar orbit, on the Moon’s surface, and beyond.Quote“In supporting the Canadian space sector, our Government is committed to the growth and career development of tomorrow’s industry leaders. Not only will this funding putCanadaon the Moon, but it will also help strengthenCanada’sR&D capabilities, advance our scientific knowledge, and putCanadain a prime position for further space exploration.”The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and IndustryQuick facts

  • Canadensys Aerospace Corporation is receiving a contribution of$2.49 million.
  • NGC Aerospace Ltd. is receiving a contribution of$840,153.
  • The two technologies will launch to the Moon byApril 2024.
  • Funding for these projects stems from the CSA’sLunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP).LEAP is preparingCanada’sspace sector for humanity’s return to the Moon by earmarking$150 millionover five years to help small and medium-sized businesses inCanadadevelop new technologies to be used and tested in lunar orbit and on the Moon’s surface in fields that include artificial intelligence, robotics, and health.
  • The two contributions are the first awarded as part of theLEAP Capability Demonstration Announcement of Opportunity.

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