The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is responsible for:
- advancing the knowledge of space through science;
- using its discoveries for the good of Canadians and all of humanity.
A bit of history
Established in March 1989, the CSA is an independent federal agency responsible for managing all of Canada's civil space-related activities. The objects and functions of the CSA are set out in the Canadian Space Agency Act (S.C. 1990, c. 13).
In 1996, the CSA building is officially designated as the John H. Chapman Space Centre, commemorating the scientist Canadians consider the father of their space program.
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What does the Canada Space Agency do?
The CSA focuses its activities and resources on three main areas:
- Space exploration: Participation in astronaut missions, astronomy and planetary studies, scientific research in space (execution and support).
- Space utilization: Earth observation by satellite and collection of space data.
- Space science and technology: Development of innovative space technologies and applications used on Earth.
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The CSA also occupies an important place among the many space agencies the world. The organisation boasts numerous partnerships with:
- various international organizations.
The CSA is led by a President who reports to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
The CSA has approximately 670 employees:
- Nearly 90% of its personnel work at its headquarters, the John H. Chapman Space Centre, located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec.
- The other staff members work out of the Gatineau office and the David-Florida Laboratory, as well as in Houston, Washington and Paris.
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