Space Science and Remote Sensing
Space Science & Remote Sensing is a broad, challenging and exciting field of scientific inquiry that involves asking large questions about our world and then developing the scientific instruments to start looking for answers. Those instruments usually ride in satellites and operate by either looking down at the earth, looking out into space, or monitoring the space environment in the vicinity of the satellite.
Space Situational Awareness
COM DEV led the development of the optical surveillance payload for Sapphire — a space surveillance satellite owned by Canada’s Department of National Defence. The optical payload is a reliable radiation-tolerant imaging system that provides space situational awareness from 6,000 to 40,000 km altitude.
The AIM (Advanced Integrated Microsatellite) spacecraft bus is a low-cost, adaptable multi-mission platform for microspace solutions. It has been selected as the platform for M3MSat (Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite), a joint mission of the Canadian Space Agency and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).
COM DEV's role on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
The James Webb Space Telescope, planned for launch in 2018, will study the birth and evolution of galaxies and the formation of stars and planets. COM DEV provided two systems for the project, the Fine Guidance sensor (FGS) and the Near-Infrared Imager and Slitless Spectrograph (NIRISS), one of the four science instruments on the telescope.