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MSCI’s innovative microsatellites have enabled the Canadian Space Agency and the Department of National Defence to pursue scientific and operational goals.

“Approximately a decade ago, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) put their trust in our vision that Canada could build a microsatellite using carefully selected commercial parts to create a cost-effective platform for scientific investigations and technology demonstrations. CSA believed in us. We could not afford to fail," explains David Cooper, President and CEO, MSCI.

From this vision, MSCI has since led industry, university, scientific and government partners to produce the MOST microsatellite. What began with a modest one-year mission, MOST has been in orbit now since 2003, and continues to produce astonishing global-leading astronomy results about the nature of distant stars and the potential for life on other planets.

From these humble beginnings, the CSA also initiated the development of the Microsatellite Multi Mission Bus (MMMB) program. MSCI worked with the CSA for five years to develop and define a standard microsatellite bus upon which future cost effective microsatellites could be built. In 2007, MSCI was awarded the NEOSSat microsatellite contract to build the first of the Canadian government microsatellites built on the MMMB architecture standard. []

The MMMB is transitioning the focus from microsatellites as the project itself to using them as a host for science.

With flight heritage that has surpassed expectation, MSCI’s innovative microsatellite technology, adaptable to a variety of payloads, will continue to evolve, providing cost-effective solutions not only for the civil and military sectors but will include affordable applications and solutions for the commercial sector as well. Like to know more? Please contact us at

The MOST microsatellite's outstanding flight heritage — remaining in orbit four years longer than expected and still going strong — has surpassed all expectations without indication of deterioration. MOST’s longevity has resulted in a prodigious amount of research
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We are proud of our outstanding flight heritage that continues to exceed all expectations. It is a testament to the quality of the minds at MSCI and to the excellence of their creations.
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