The Canadian Space Agency Looks to Develop 23 Priority Technologies


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The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has issued a notice of proposed procurement for 23 identified Priority Technologies (PT) through the Space Technology Development Program (STDP).

The STDP contracts out research and development with the aim of developing technologies that will meet CSA priorities and mission roadmaps.

The 23 identified technologies are:

- Embedded Visual Odometry (EVO)
- Light-weight high performance water color imaging spectrometer
- Composite Enclosure for Use at Cryogenic Temperature
- Wireless Micro Sensor System for Crew Biometric Monitoring
- Optical Filter Based Compact Hyperspectral Imager
- Soil Hazard Detection for Planetary Rovers
- Adaptation of Single Photon Counting Camera for NIR Imaging and Long Range Detection Applications
- Modular-CATS
- Space Qualifiable Bonded Joints between Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) and Aluminum
- Integrated LIBS/Raman Sensor
- Wide swath scanning detector
- Wide Field of View Fore-Optics Development
- Planetary Rover & Onboard Instruments Extreme Environment Survival: Lunar Night Survival
- LIDAR-based Optical Communication
- QEYSSat Detector Assembly
- Biological Sensors for Automated Cell Culture Facility
- Cryogenic Translation Mechanism for Future Far Infrared Astronomy Missions
- Gallium Nitride (GaN) High Power Amplifier development for C and X-Band Applications
- Multi-Channel SAR Receiver
- Compact Active Sensor Technology (CAST) Prototype
- Advanced Single Photon Counting Auroral Ultraviolet Imager
- Miniaturized Plasma Imager
- ALI Concept Development Table

Details on these technologies are available in the NPP document available on the procurement page.

The closing date for the procurement is April 22, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Depending on the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) covered by each technology development contract periods vary between 15 and 24 months.

While no funding was mentioned in the procurement the government had pledged to increase funding for the program from $10 million to $20 million in the 2015-16 budget as an outcome of the Aerospace Review.

Update: Subsequent to this story being published an amendment was published that included funding amounts for each technology amounting to nearly $15 million.

March 24, 2015 Update: The deadline has been extended until May 6, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT.