Canadian technologies on the way to the moon

LONGUEUIL, QC, December 11, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The countries of the world are preparing to return to the Moon and the Sun Canada plays a major role in this great inspiring initiative. At 2:38 a.m. ET today, two Canadian techies were launched to the moon on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of Japan’s ispace Mission 1. Canadansys Aerospace Corporation (Canadensys) and Mission Control will test their advanced technologies to withstand the harsh conditions of the Moon. This commercial mission will land on the moon in the spring of 2023.

Canadensys will provide this mission with a 360° imaging system equipped with artificial intelligence and multiple cameras. The system, which is resistant to the hostile conditions of the lunar environment, will be used especially to take pictures of each of the rovers of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the space center. Muhammad bin Rashid of the United Arab Emirates, as they move away from the lander in the opposite direction. Mission Control will feature an AI-powered flight computer that will classify geological features as the rover moves. Usually this classification is done on Earth. This system could open up new possibilities: rovers could perform certain tasks themselves, for example, in terms of navigation and terrain classification.

A third company, NGC Aérospatiale Ltée, will receive images from this mission to test a positioning system similar to the GPS technology used on Earth. It will also use it to prepare for a future mission that will be led by this technology To the exact location where they can land lunar vehicles safely.

The Canadian Space Agency funded these three projects Lunar Exploration Acceleration Program. With this funding, companies will have seven different opportunities to test their technology on the Moon or in lunar orbit over the next few years.


“Today, with support from the Canadian Space Agency, two new Canadian technologies were launched on ispace Mission 1. This launch is yet another example of Canadian companies leading the way in this exciting new era of space exploration. These technologies will help increase capacity Canada and position our country as the partner of choice in future space initiatives while reducing mission costs. »

Dear Francois-Philip ChampagneMinister of Innovation, Science and Industry

Fast Facts

  • And in 2019 Canada there is announced his participation To the next chapter in the history of lunar exploration.
  • the Lunar Exploration Acceleration Program Canada is developing its space sector Returning people to the Moon with an investment of $150 million over five years to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses develop new technologies for use and testing in lunar orbit and on the Moon.
  • A total of $3.3 million in contributions Canadansys ($2.49 million) and NGC Aerospace Ltd. ($726,000) in 2020.
  • A $3 million contribution Transferred to Mission Control in 2021.
  • In 2019, Canada’s space sector supported nearly 23,000 jobs (directly and indirectly) and contributed $2.5 billion to the Canadian economy. SMEs make up 94% of businesses in Canada’s space sector.


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