Saint-Hubert, Quebec, November 20, 2001 – The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and
Eurockot Launch Services of Bremen, Germany, today announced the signing of
a Launch Service Agreement for Canada’s MOST (Microvariability &
Oscillations of STars) microsatellite. MOST, carrying Canada’s first space
telescope, is scheduled to be launched in October 2002 as part of a multiple
payload mission from Plesetsk, Russia, on an SS-19 based launch vehicle
called Rockot.

“MOST is a unique and exciting space astronomy mission involving Canadian
government, scientists and industry,” said Mr. Barry Wetter, Director
General of the CSA’s Space Science Branch. “The signing of this launch
agreement with Eurockot is a major step toward seeing this project to

The MOST project uses innovative Canadian technology to enable a
cost-effective space science mission involving a small telescope no bigger
in diameter than a pie plate, carried on a microsatellite about the size of
a small suitcase. The total weight is only 60 kilograms. The telescope will
help set a limit on the age of the Universe and probe the properties of
planets around other stars.

Funded and managed by the CSA’s Space Science Branch under its Small
Payloads Program, the MOST project is a co-operative Canadian scientific
partnership. Dynacon Enterprises Limited of Mississauga, Ontario, is the
prime contractor. The telescope is being developed by the University of
British Columbia (UBC) while the satellite is being assembled at the
University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). Other key
partners include the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Technology
(CRESTech) of Toronto, Spectral Applied Research of Concord, Ontario, the
Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT) and the Royal Astronomical
Society of Canada (RASC). The Principal Investigator, Prof. Jaymie Matthews
of UBC, leads a team of scientists from across Canada, the United States and

The Canadian Space Agency is providing $8.5 million to fund the development
of the satellite and ground control station, the launch and operations. An
additional $1.2 million in support to UTIAS was provided by the Ontario
government through its Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund.

About the Canadian Space Agency
Established in 1989 and headquartered 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; Generic Space
Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space
Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space
knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

About Eurockot Launch Services
Eurockot Launch Services of Bremen, Germany, is a joint venture of Western
Europe’s Astrium and Russia’s Khrunichev space technology companies and
provides launches for operators of low earth orbit (LEO) satellites using
the Russian SS-19 based Rockot launch vehicle. Eurockot performs launches
from world-class facilities at Plesetsk Cosmodrome, which was commissioned
in 2000 following a substantial investment program.

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Background information on the MOST project is available at:

For more information:
Media Relations
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4451