Space Technology Development Program (STDP)
As the government's centre of technical expertise on space technologies and their applications, Space Technologies supports Research and Development activities in industry, in academia, and in CSA's own facilities to maintain world-class expertise in Canada.
One of the implementation elements employed by Space Technologies is the Space Technology Development Program (STDP). This program, which has been fine-tuned over the past decade, is highly regarded by the Canadian Space Industry as an effective and efficient means to provide initial funds for breakthrough technologies and to enhance the competitiveness and capabilities of the Industry as a whole.
In the last 15 years, the STDP has supported the development of over 175 novel technologies ranging from self-healing carbon fibre materials to automated vision systems enabling the inspection of the Space Shuttle. This includes nearly 125 new technologies over the last five years alone.
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