The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) this week awarded $ 3.3 million to two Canadian companies whose technology will be used for upcoming lunar exploration missions.
Ontario-based Canadensys Aerospace Corporation, which will receive $ 2.49 million, will develop, launch and test a lightweight, low-power 360 ° camera that will capture spectacular panoramic images of the lunar surface.
Quebec company NGC Aérospatiale will receive $ 840,153 to demonstrate a positioning system similar to the GPS technology used on Earth. This system, which will use the characteristics of the Moon’s surface, will guide the lunar vehicles to a specific location and land them safely.
“By supporting the Canadian space sector, our government is committed to fostering the growth and professional development of future industry leaders,” said Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains. Not only will this funding get Canada to the moon, it will also help build Canadian capacity in research and development, deepen our scientific knowledge, and put Canada in an excellent position for future space exploration missions. “
This is the first time that Canada will demonstrate technologies in lunar orbit and on the moon.