[Policy Discussion] Space collaboration between the EU and Canada – Projects and perspectives


Canada and the European Union have been collaborating in the space sector since the early 1970s. Formal cooperation began in 1979 with the signing of the first Cooperation Agreement between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency, renewed five times since then (1984, 1989, 2000, 2012 and 2019). Decades of political and industrial cooperation around space projects such as Copernicus (Europe’s Earth observation system), Galileo (satellite navigation and geopositioning system) or Telesat’s lightspeed satellite constellation, have led to the development of a strong space sector on both sides of the Atlantic. Still the potential to deepen this political [...]