The Canadian government announced Wednesday it will spend $25.6 million to develop a new facility that will house the headquarters of a Canadian-based aerospace company, but critics say the move is a slap in the face to the aerospace industry.
The announcement was made by Minister of Natural Resources David Schweitzer as he announced a $25-million grant for the Canadian Space Agency’s new facility.
It is a joint venture between Bombardier Inc., a Canadian aerospace firm, and the U.S.-based aerospace giant General Atomics Corp. The government announced that Bombardiers and General Atoms would share a $22.5-million, 20-year contract to provide the facilities.
Bombard, which has its headquarters in Quebec, is building a new production facility to manufacture rocket boosters, components and components for its new Falcon 9 rocket.
The company has said it is looking to expand its presence in the United States and abroad.
General Atomic, meanwhile, said it will be developing a spaceplane and the rocket engine for a new aircraft.
The United States Space and Missile Defense Agency is providing a $50-million program for the project, which is being funded by the Department of Energy.
In announcing the grant, Schweitzer said the facility would be located in Oshawa, Ont., about 45 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.
Bombards new facility will be the largest and most sophisticated aerospace plant in the world, with the potential to provide Canada with the most advanced and advanced capabilities in space and the space industry, he said.
“It’s a very ambitious plan, it’s ambitious for Canada and the aerospace community, and it’s an ambitious undertaking,” Schweitzer told reporters after the announcement.
Bombarded facilities will house a large space laboratory with about 1,000 workers.
The space laboratory will be located on a 30-hectare (98-acre) site on the outskirts of the Oshawa facility, said Schweitzer.
Bombers facilities at the space facility are designed to handle the processing of about 1 million pounds of payload per day, which includes everything from small satellites to satellites for the U and U.N. arms.
It will also house the company’s rocket engines, a manufacturing facility, a satellite communications facility and a cryogenic engine production facility, according to a statement released by the Canadian government.
Bombiers has been one of Canada’s biggest suppliers of space technologies to the U, U.K., the United Nations and other countries.
The project was announced at a news conference Wednesday by the president of Bombarders, Mike Murphy, in Oshaws capital of Oshawa.
The Oshawa plant will be operated by Bombardair, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, which will provide technical support for the launch of rockets, said Murphy.
Bombadiers space laboratory is a world-class facility that has been the home for some of Bombards most advanced rocket engines for over 20 years, said a statement from Murphy.
The new facility is expected to be completed by 2020 and will serve as a key launchpad for Bombard launches of satellites and other payloads, the company said.
Air Force has awarded a $1.6-billion contract to Bombard to build the Oshaws space lab.
Murphy said that the contract has been awarded under a long-standing, long-term partnership between the two companies, and that Bombards commitment is to deliver to the American government a rocket engine, engine components and a launch vehicle.
Murphy also said that there was a commitment from the U of S to support Bombard’s launch services program in the future.
Bombas rocket engine is designed to be the primary propulsion for the Delta IV Heavy rocket that is scheduled to launch astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of 2019.
The aerospace giant also recently announced a deal with the UBS-owned Space Systems Loral to provide launch services for commercial satellite and telecommunications services.
The contract is valued at more than $1 billion, with more than half of the total amount to come from the federal government.
The federal government will contribute about $3.8 billion toward the project and the remaining $2.1 billion will come from Bombard and other private investors.
The cost of the project has not been disclosed.
The Canadian Space Program is an arm of the federal Department of National Defence.