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ASC -Agence Spatiale Canadienne
CSA - Canadian Space Agency

Since its creation in 1989, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has set out to ensure that all Canadians learn and benefit from the innovations of space science and technology to the greatest extent possible. Its objectives are to support and promote a highly competitive space industry and address the needs of Canadian society. With almost half of Canada's GDP growth in the knowledge-intensive sectors of the economy, the Canadian Space Program is a key driver behind continued leadership on the world stage, new opportunities for industry and scientists, and long-term social and economic benefits for all Canadians.

As a federal organization established in 1989 with currently about 635 employees and some 170 service contractors, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) contributes to the development of the Canadian civil space industry by procuring business opportunities to local companies, namely contracts from foreign space agencies such as the European Space Agency (ESA) and the American NASA.

Through the implementation of the Canadian Space Program, the CSA ensures that Canada maintains its prominent position in the space arena. The CSA coordinates major Canadian Space Program activities including RADARSAT, an Earth observation satellite; the Canadian Astronaut Office; the David Florida Laboratory, Canada's world-class facility for assembly, integration, and testing of spacecrafts and other space hardwares; the Space Science and the Space Technologies Sectors; and the Canadian contributions to the International Space Station.

Source: ASC FAQs
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