When it comes to aerospace, Québec means innovation.
In launching its aerospace strategy in 2016, the Québec government has put in place measures to attract more foreign investors, including prime contractors and first- and second-tier suppliers. The strategy also includes initiatives for targeting emerging markets, such as the drone market, and bolstering the security and defence sectors..
The McGill Space Institute , led by astrophysicist Victoria Kaspi, opened its doors in Montréal in 2015. The MSI attracts world-renowned scientists and encourages interdisciplinary collaborations that may unlock mysteries about the evolution of the universe, gravity and extraterrestrial life. The MSI supports the development of technologies and instruments for studying the cosmos, including the South Pole Telescope and the new Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) telescope.
The Canadian Space Agency has its headquarters in Québec and is the site of major R&D initiatives in space technology. Key among them is the development of robotic arms (the Canadarm) for space shuttles and the International Space Station.
The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC), the country’s leading aerospace pole, represents five regional organizations. Its primary mission is to facilitate collaboration between the industry, academia and research centres to develop innovative technologies.
If you’d like to learn more about the issues facing Québec’s aerospace industry, a number of industry stakeholders and associations provide information and opportunities for dialogue.
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)
This consortium was formed by a number of aerospace companies wishing to undertake joint R&D projects. CRIAQ 's mission is to harness the power of innovation and pool competencies and capabilities in order to find solutions to the aerospace industry's concerns. It's a wonderful example of the spirit of cooperation and mutual support that characterizes the industry!
The SA2GE project (french website), which first took flight five years ago, aims to reduce the negative impact of aircraft on the environment. For this project, six large companies joined forces and pooled their expertise with that of 21 SMBs.
Its five sub-projects focus on designing new composite fuselage structures, more efficient engines, next-generation landing gear, and integrated avionics for both cockpit applications and critical systems. It’s an eloquent example of how technological innovation and environmental awareness can go hand in hand!