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INDIGENOUS MICRO SATELLITE LAUNCHERS - A STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF THE MARKET


 
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  Reference Number 186625
  Solicitation Number 28-20090628
  Organization Name Canadian Space Agency / Agence spatiale canadienne
  Source ID FD.AG.QC.17855.C70360
  Associated Components Yes

Dates

  Published 2009-11-25
  Revised
  Closing 2009-12-15 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time EST

Details

  Category Special Studies and Analysis - (Not R&D)
  GSINS B: Special Studies and Analysis
  Region of Delivery Quebec
  Region of Opportunity Canada
  Agreement Type None
  Tender Type Request for Proposal (RFP)
  Estimated Value < $100,000
  Solicitation Method Open

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  INDIGENOUS MICRO SATELLITE LAUNCHERS - A STRATEGIC ANALYSIS OF THE MARKET

The purpose of the study is to gather sufficient information to support the decision concerning the development of an indigenous micro satellite launch vehicle and the possible implementation models. The study shall be structured in two parts. The first part will focus on fact finding and describing the context surrounding the micro satellite market environment. The second part will focus on analyzing if the development of an indigenous micro satellite launch capability is aligned with the Canadian context and responds to windows of opportunities.

The business case shall answer the following questions;

The performance envelop of the launch system is set at 150kg, 800 km polar orbit. Within a payload mass range of 100kg to 250kg and orbits in the range of 500km to 1000km, are there opportunities that indicate the performance should be changed?
Confirm there is a need for a micro satellite launcher at previously stated performance.
    
What is the current status of the global launch vehicle markets and what are the trends?
What is the international business volume and how much penetration can a Canadian launch capability obtain?
Can a Canadian capability capture foreign markets? What are the opportunities and forces at play?
What is the current status of the global micro satellite markets and what are the trends? (micro sat is characterized having a mass of 150 kg)
What are the key considerations to move forward with a micro satellite development program?
How many missions per year are required to support an indigenous launch capability?
What is the domestic business volume? (launch per year, mission type, client…)

What are the conditions conducive to a successful micro satellite launch vehicle development program?
What are the prevalent points of views concerning an indigenous micro satellite launcher development program?
Any niche segment opportunities? What is the cost 'sweet spot' for a micro satellite launch?
Advantages and challenges of launching from Canada.
    
What are the benefits and impacts of developing such a capability?
What is the cost of opportunity? (cost and benefits of developing and maintaining a launch capability vs cost of developing payloads and missions over the same period)
What are the benefits of developing and maintaining a launch capability vs the benefits of developing payloads and participating to missions.
What are the risks and pitfalls? Lessons learned?
If any, where are the industrial gaps?

What is the estimated cost of developing and operating an indigenous launch capability?
What are the possible governance models for developing and operating an indigenous launch capability (Crown Corporation, privately held organization/joint venture, Federal Agency, public private partnership etc.)
What are the lessons learned from other development programs?


 

Contact(s)

Contracting Authority

  Name Jean Chiasson
  Address 6767 route de l'Aéroport

  City Saint-Hubert
  State / Province QC
  Country Canada
  Postal Code J3Y 8Y9
  Phone 450-926-4875
  Fax 450-926-4969
  Email jean.chiasson@asc-csa.gc.ca
  Website URL

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