Space Technology Development Program (STDP)

Space Technology Development Program (STDP)

Space Technology Development Program in numbers - Infographic

Space Technology Development Program (STDP)

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Infographic showing the investments in the Space Technology Development Program (STDP). (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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 10 years, the STDP has supported the development of over 50 novel technologies ranging from self-healing carbon fibre materials to automated vision systems enabling the inspection of the Space Shuttle.