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From: Dan Dubrick
To: All
Date: 2003-06-16 00:39:00
Subject: 6\12 Pt 1 CSA Awards Over $3M For Earth Observation Applications

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Canadian Space Agency

Press Release
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CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY AWARDS OVER $3 MILLION FOR
EARTH OBSERVATION APPLICATIONS

Part 1 of 2

St. Hubert, Quebec, June 12, 2003 - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
today awarded over $3 million in contracts to 9 Canadian companies to
develop leading-edge uses of space-based Earth Observation data and
applications. 

Marc Garneau, President of the CSA, made the announcement during
CSA Industry Days at their headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec.

"The Canadian Space Agency is building Canadian knowledge and
specialized expertise in the Earth Observation field in awarding
these contracts," said Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister
responsible for the CSA. "By rewarding the drive and innovation of
these companies, the CSA is also contributing to the growth of a
strong, dynamic and knowledge based Canadian economy.

The 12 contracts were awarded through the CSA's Earth Observation
Application Development Program (EOADP). The program is designed as a
single-window channel to support industry initiatives focused on the
development of earth observation applications.=20

"By promoting Earth Observation applications, the CSA is contributing
to a better understanding of the Earth's environment and of global
climate change," said

Mr. Garneau. "It also reinforces the strong partnerships that exist
between government, industry and academic institutions in the project
development process."

For more information on EOADP and other Canadian Space Agency funding
programs, please visit the CSA website's Space Technologies section
at:
http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/csa_sectors/technology/technology.asp

A summary of each contract follows.

About CSA Industry Days
From June 12-13, companies who have obtained EOADP contracts in
previous years will demonstrate the results of their technological
development and applications performed with Canadian Space Agency
support under the Canadian Space Program (CSP). The event will
include presentations and display booths prepared by participating
companies and opportunities for one-on-one meetings.

About the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)

Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert,
Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the
Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and
Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services
involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence
in Space; Satellite Communications; Space Technology; Space
Qualification Services; Space Awareness and Education. The Canadian
Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application
of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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Information:
Selena Beattie
Office of Allan Rock
Minister of Industry
Telephone: (613) 995-9001
Monique Billette
Senior Media Relations Officer
Canadian Space Agency
Telephone: (450) 926-4370
E-mail: monique.billette{at}space.gc.ca

Backgrounder

Contracts announced today by the Canadian Space Agency with nine
Canadian companies through the CSA's Earth Observation Application
Development Program (EOADP):

Atlantis Scientific Inc. (Nepean, ON) will monitor infrastructure in
Urban Areas Associated with Petroleum Production. Atlantis' Coherent
Target Monitoring (CTM) system will be used with ERS-1 and 2,
RADARSAT (Standard and Fine mode) and Envisat data. Subsidence maps
will be created of the City of Long Beach in California.

www.atlantis-scientific.com

This contract is valued at $570,889 of which the CSA is contributing
$236,843.

Atlantis Scientific Inc. (Nepean, ON) will develop finishing tools
for spaceborne radar-derived digital elevation models. This will
provide a mechanism to merge several DEMs together, correcting for
processing anomalies such as "spikes" and "wells". It will also
support void filling, water body flattening, and maintenance of
proper land/water relationships for rivers.

www.atlantis-scientific.com

This contract is valued at $535,361, of which the CSA is contributing
$325,000.

Dendron Resource Surveys Inc. (Ottawa, ON) will work to establish
RADARSAT, and related Canadian products and services, as key
components of topographic maps to be used for Regional planning
purposes. The project will mainly take place in Chile, and some other
parts of Latin America. 

www.dendron.com

This contract is valued at $550,905, of which the CSA is contributing
$254,765.

Enfotec Technical Services (Ottawa, ON) will advance the development
of the IceNav Virtual Marine Radar System to a product ready for
market diffusion, by building the linkage of RADARSAT SAR imagery to
the marine radar system. 

www.enfotec.com

This contract is valued at $501,415, of which the CSA is contributing
$324,912.

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