ABB Inc.

Marc-Andre Soucy
Director, Space & Defence Industry
Tel: (581) 628-2233
| Fax: (418) 877-2834

Jacques Giroux
Business Development Manager, Space
Tel: (418) 931-5682
jacques.g.giroux@ca.abb.com

3400 Pierre-Ardouin Street
Quebec City, QC, G1P 0B2

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https://new.abb.com/ca

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Since 1973, our dedicated team has provided solutions to address the needs of our customers in the Space and Defence industry. With over 20 optical systems on-orbit and in manufacturing processes, our company is the largest Canadian supplier of space-based optical sensors for atmospheric and weather applications.

About 90% of the current company’s space revenues are generated from exports. Customers include most major space agencies, prime contractors, and various research and development organizations, including universities and research institutes. In Canada, ABB employs over 5,000 persons in over 40 different sites from coast to coast. Globally, ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

PRODUCT/TECHNOLOGY

ABB specializes in optical remote sensing instruments for space applications such as atmospheric science, weather forecasting, environment monitoring, and astronomy. Space products and technologies include:

  • Optical instruments
  • Hyperspectral imagers
  • Flight calibration devices
  • Optical ground support equipment
  • Software simulators and data analysis

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

In addition to key contributions to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) program, ABB is also very active internationally, supporting a large number of missions for several different agencies and space contractors.

SPACE PROGRAMS WITH ABB OPTICAL SYSTEMS

MISSION/ INSTRUMENT

SPACE AGENCY

CONTRACTOR

SCISAT/ACE

CSA

CSA

TERRA/MOPPIT

CSA

ComDev

ENVISAT/MIPAS

ESA

Astrium

AURA/TES

NASA

JPL

NPP/CrIS

NASA/NOAA

Harris

GOSAT-1/TANSO-FTS

JAXA

NTSpace

GCOM/SOFIS

JAXA

NT Space

GOSAT-2/TANSO-2

JAXA Electric

Mitsubishi

Confidential SOFIA

Confidential

Confidential

JPSS-1/CrIS

NASA/NOAA

Harris

MTG/FCI & IRS

ESA/Eumetsat

Thales

METOP/IASI-NG

CNES

Airbus DS

METOP/METimage

DLR

Airbus DS

JPSS-2/CrIS

NASA/NOAA

Harris

JPSS-3/CrIS

NASA/NOAA

Harris

Dr. Henry Buijs, Chief Technical Officer at ABB, was awarded the John Chapman Award from the Canadian Space Agency in 2011 for his contributions to the Canadian space program. The CrIS interferometers built by ABB Canada are among the most sophisticated optical systems ever built for weather applications. In November 2017, the JPSS-1 operational-class satellite (now named NOAA-20) was successfully launched, a key milestone for next-generation meteorological satellites.

SPACE  OPTICS  INNOVATION AND RELIABILITY

With over 40 years of experience in remote sensing, 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 production of complete optical instruments or other hardware modules. Not being limited to space applications, ABB also offers solutions for ground-based and airborne instruments in related technology fields.

AWARDS/SUCCESS

The space business is an important part of ABB’s offering and past projects have been very successful.The ACE-FTS instrument, for instance, was originally designed for a two-year lifespan and has been operating for over 14 years on CSA’s SCISAT satellite and still continues to provide excellent scientific data of the Earth’s atmosphere.

In 2009, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) awarded the SCISAT team with the Alouette Award for outstanding contribution to advancement in Canadian space technology, applications, science and engineering.