The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) announced today
at IGARSS 2002 the awarding of twelve contracts, worth close to $2
million, to Canadian companies for developing leading-edge uses of
space-based Earth Observation data and applications. These contracts have
been awarded to Atlantis Scientific, A.U.G Signals Ltd., Dendron Resource
Surveys, Hatfield Consultants, MIR Teledetection, Noetix Research, Paterson,
Grant and Watson, EarthScan Ltd., PCI Geomatics, Tecsult, Vantage Point
International and Viasat Geotechnologies.

Driving investment in key sectors of science research and technology

development, the Canadian Space Agency is positioning Canada as a leader in
satellite-borne Earth Observation products," said Allan Rock, Minister of
Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency. "The
diversity of these investments illustrate, as well, that the Canadian Space
Agency is not only fostering the development of innovation and expertise
across Canada but also supports the pursuit of new markets for our products
and services all over the world."

The projects awarded today through the Earth Observation Applications

Development Program (EOADP) are supporting leading-edge Canadian space
companies that are also bearing their share of risks in developing and
commercializing innovative processing systems and applications. These
innovations will have a major impact in remote sensing, geospatial data,
resource management, rural applications and mineral exploration.


About IGARSS 2002 (< )

The IGARSS 2002 conference whose theme is "Remote Sensing: Integration Our
View of the Planet" is to reflect the power of combining multiple sources of
satellite and airborne imagery with geographic information and the expertise
of many disciplines. As the environment is under great stress around the
world, remote sensing can provide global consistent and unbiased
observations of the health of the planet.

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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