Ottawa tech firms land $1M in funding from Canadian Space Agency

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A pair of Ottawa space tech companies collectively secured nearly $1 million in fresh funding this week from the Canadian Space Agency to add some rocket fuel to their R&D efforts.

Square Peg Communications and Mission Control Space Services received $719,935 and $249,991 respectively from the CSA’s Space Technology Development Program, according to a page on the federal agency’s website. The program funds companies working in the Canadian space industry to develop technologies with strong commercial potential.

Square Peg, which also received $584,775 through the STDP last year, will use the fresh funding to develop a radio-frequency testing technology for low-earth orbit satellites. Mission Control, which got some $399,848 through the program in 2018, will fund the development of operations and autonomy framework for upcoming commercial lunar exploration missions.

Other Ottawa firms that have received funding or contracts with CSA through the STDP include Kanata’s Neptec Design Group, which was acquired last year by MDA in a deal worth $42 million, and Calian Group.

Square Peg and Mission Control’s 2019 funding is part of a total of $15 million provided to 25 Canadian companies this year through the STDP.