General Manager, LBU Canada Business Unit, Measurement & Analytics Division, Process Automation
Tel: (418) 877-8126
| Fax: (418) 877-2834
Business Development Manager - Business Unit, Measurement & Analytics Division, Process Automation
Tel: (418) 877-8126
Fax: (418) 877-2834
3400 Pierre-Ardouin Street
Quebec City, QC, G1P 0B2
ABB designs, manufactures and markets high-performance optical sensors for industrial processes, defence and space markets. ABB is the largest Canadian supplier of space-based optical sensors for atmospheric and weather applications. Over 70% of the company’s space revenues are generated from exports. Customers comprise most major space agencies, several large space companies, and various research and development organizations including universities and research institutes.
ABB specializes in optical remote sensing instruments for space applications such as atmospheric science, environment monitoring, weather forecasting and astronomy. Space products and technologies include:
• Optical instruments
• Hyperspectral imagers
• Flight calibration devices
• Optical ground support equipment
• Software simulators and data analysis
With 40 years of experience, an expertise focused on optical instruments for atmospheric monitoring, and a strong synergy between space and industrial analytical technologies, our company supports its customers’ missions in various ways ranging from feasibility studies to hardware realization of complete optical instruments or modules. The company also offers ground-based and airborne instruments.
In addition to its key contributions to the space program of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), ABB is also very active on the international scene and has supported over the years a large number of missions for several different agencies and space contractors.
KEY SPACE OPTICAL SYSTEMS DELIVERED
Mission / Instrument Space Agency Contractor
NPOESS / CrIS NASA/NOAA ITT Space
SCISAT-1 / ACE CSA CSA
GOSAT / TANSO-FTS JAXA NTSpace
AURA / TES NASA JPL
TERRA / MOPPIT CSA ComDev
ENVISAT / MIPAS ESA Astrium
GCOM / SOFIS JAXA NT Space
The space business is an important part of ABB Analytical Measurement and past projects have been very successful. For instance, the ACE-FTS instrument, originally designed for a two-year lifespan, has been operating for over 10 years on the SCISAT-1 satellite of the Canadian Space Agency and still continues to provide excellent scientific data of the Earth’s atmosphere. The CrIS interferometers, built by ABB under a $50-million contract, are among the most sophisticated optical systems ever built for weather applications.
In 2009, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) awarded the SCISAT-1 team with the Alouette Award for outstanding contribution to advancement in Canadian space technology, applications, science and engineering. In June 2006, ABB was presented with a NPOESS Outstanding Supplier Award from Northrop Grumman Corporation. Dr. Henry Buijs, Chief Technical Officer at ABB, was awarded the John Chapman Award from the Canadian Space Agency in May 2011 for his contributions to the Canadian space program.