CSA and TCS - Canadian Space Payload Accelerator


 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS).

For More Information

For questions, contact Mr. Mourad Ratbi, Aerospace Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles - mourad.ratbi@international.gc.ca


The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are pleased to announce the very first Canadian Space Payload Accelerator in the Southwest USA, a 12-week rigorous space science concept opportunity for Canadian organizations ready to accelerate their ideas in the space exploration industry.  This fast-track online Design Academy is a unique opportunity to learn effective industry practices and processes to mature a space concept to a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) Level. This program is exclusively open to Canadian organizations, more specifically:

  • Canadian companies with space mission concepts or prototypes
  • Canadian STEM faculty or student(s) at a Canadian College or University
  • Canadian hybrid Teams i.e. collaboration specifically initiated for this Design Academy between a Canadian company and students at a Canadian University or College

N.B: No limit on number of participants per Team, Canadian citizenship not required for Company, College and/or University representative(s). Federal or provincial incorporation in Canada is required for teams involving businesses.  The Team(s) with the most practicable PDR’s will be provided with technical guidance to build their payload prototype(s) and ultimately a chance to test their space concept(s) in real conditions upon completion of the 12-week online Design Academy.

Teams are expected Teams can expect
  • To have access to computer with internet, webcam, and headset capabilities
  • To devote an additional 4-6 hours per week, beyond the online session requirements, towards the competitive team project
  • To commit at least one team member throughout the 12-week online program 
  • To be committed to participate in Stage 2 in early 2022 i.e. focus on Design, Prototyping, and Hardware Building of their space concepts - with potential in-person activities if pandemic related restrictions are lifted by then***
  • Weekly 1.5 hour live sessions with an interdisciplinary team
  • Gain productive teaming experience to optimize their respective payload projects
  • Gain knowledge of the technical capabilities and requirements for a lunar surface mission through interaction with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and an established pool of mentors
  • Deliver a PDR presentation and meet with organizations interested in pursuing prototype building

(***) The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will provide information and support on funding for Teams invited to participate in Stage 2 in early 2022 in the SWUSA region via the CanExport platform.

Special Notes

Teams invited to participate in Stage 2 are required to submit a signed Or-5 with their proposal two weeks in advance of the external deadline.

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

How to Apply

Apply here: https://bit.ly/SpacePayloadAccelerator

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Angela Vuk, Senior Grants and Contracts Specialist
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x55026

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