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Supporting Research and Innovation in Space Technology in Kitchener

Leveraging scientific and high-tech expertise while supporting local jobs and growth

Kitchener – Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre announce that Qidni Labs Inc. of Kitchener received research and development (R&D) funding valued at close to $200,000. This investment, made via the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) Space Technology Development Program (STDP), supports the design of new space technologies to support future Canadian space missions or contributions to international missions, while building the industrial capacity of Canada’s space sector.

This investment will help Qidni Labs Inc. of Kitchener, Ontario to design, build and test high-performance and durable nano-filters to be used in the aerospace industry. These nano-filters would serve in the filtration of fluid system protection in engine lubrication, engine fuel, coolant, radar cooling systems and odor/bacteria/virus removal from water and air.

By leveraging R&D activities and stimulating capacity building in the space industry, the STDP supports two core principles of Canada’s Space Policy Framework: “Positioning the Private Sector at the Forefront of Space Activities” and “Excellence in Key Capabilities.” The Framework provides a comprehensive approach to Canada's future in space to ensure continued commitment to exploration, commercialization and development.

• In 2012, the Canadian space sector generated total revenues of $3.327 billion for our economy and employed some 8,000 highly skilled men and women.
• STDP is an effective and efficient means to support the development of breakthrough technologies by Canada’s space sector, thereby enhancing the competitiveness and capabilities of the sector as a whole.
• Previous STDP investments have been instrumental in positioning Canada’s innovative space sector as a leader in satellite communications, space robotics, optics, and space based radar.
• This project is one of 38 proposals selected following an Announcement of Opportunity posted in June 2014;
• Qidni Labs Inc. is also contributing a minimum of 25% of the total value of its project.

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