Industrial Partners

Our Industrial partners were Canadian high-tech companies involved in advanced instrumentation projects, data analysis, and software development. The opportunities they provided allowed students to apply their skills and created a favorable exchange between industry and the astronomy community. 

Jeremy Riishede, Kim Venn, Stephanie Monty
NTCO Program Coordinator Jeremy Riishede, Director Kim Venn, and student Stephanie Monty visiting partners FLIR in August, 2018

3VGeomatics (3vG)

Primary area: Interferometric synthetic aperture radar
Company contact: Andy Pon and Todd MacKenzie

3vGeomatics (3vG) uses Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to measure ground displacement to sub-centimetre precision for sites around the globe, including mines, dams, and even the summit of Mauna Kea. In InSAR, satellites bounce radio (~cm) wavelength pulses off the ground and measure the phase of the returning signal. Measurements of phase differences between successive orbits are then used to calculate changes in the ground level.

3vGeomatics is actively developing and refining its algorithms for reducing and analyzing InSAR data, including working on developing powerful parallelizable machine learning algorithms.

3vG is located in Vancouver and is eager to bring in graduate level co-op students to work with the company to improve its software tools. The types of potential projects suitable for a co-op student include developing TensorFlow algorithms to remove atmospheric phase delays correlated with topographic changes, improving filters for removing temporally variable atmospheric noise, developing and implementing machine learning algorithms for smoothing low coherence data, creating software that can take existing data on the locations of water bodies to enable masking of water pixels in InSAR data, creating algorithms to model and remove ionospheric contamination, and bench-marking the accuracy of processing chains via the use of simulated data sets.


Primary area: Optics & photonics
Company contact: Frederic Grandmont

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AMD (Advanced Micro Devices)

Primary area: Microprocessors

Blue Sky Spectroscopy

Primary area: Spectrometers, radiometers for remote sensing applications
Company contact: Sudhakar Gunuganti

ComDev/ Honeywell

Primary area: Focal plane technologies
Company contact: Matt Zweig

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Honeywell Aerospace is currently developing concepts and technology prototypes for a number of diverse potential Canadian space missions and instruments. Examples are:

  • A spectrograph and calibration system for NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope
  • An ultraviolet imager for auroral studies on a joint ESA-Chinese mission called SMILE
  • A visible / infrared spectrograph for upper atmospheric research
  • Development and test of a miniature spectrometer based on a photonic waveguide chip
  • Development and test of an innovative wide field of view telescope & spectrometer for earth remote sensing
  • Development and test of a complete optical communications link, including the assessment of adaptive optics for optical communications ground terminals, and developing protocols
  • Development of digital filtering algorithms for search and rescue VHF signals
  • Integration and test of a GPS-reflectometer instrument for soil moisture measurement airborne trials

Honeywell Aerospace makes use of state of the art laboratory equipment to develop this instrumentation and the intern will be expected to participate in some aspects of the assembly, integration and test of this prototype instrumentation.


Primary area: 3D optical measurement technologies
Company contact: Sébastien Bouchard


Creaform-Ametek is an international company headquartered in Lévis, Quebec which develops, manufactures and distributes portable 3D optical measurement technologies.  Their products are used by more than 2500 customers from various industries, ranging from aerospace to automotive, research and education, heavy industry and power generation.

Diffraction Limited

Primary area: Low light imaging systems, software
Company contact: Douglas George



Diffraction Limited develops hardware for low-light scientific and astronomical imaging, and software for image acquisition and processing, telescope position control, and wavefront analysis.  Its products are used in over 1000 observatories and laboratories around the world, and have been a part of both the Hubble Space Telescope project and the Dunlap Institute’s Dragonfly array. 

Dynamic Structures

Primary area: Manufacturing technologies
Company contact: Amir Hadi


Fibertech Optica

Primary area: Optics & photonics
Company contact: Rafal Pawlucyk

FLIR Integrated Imaging Solutions

Primary area: Imaging systems
Company contact: Stephen Se

Industrial Plankton

Primary area: Engineering, biology, electrical



Primary area: Optics & photonics
Company contact: Patrice Topart

Limbic Consulting

Primary area: Engineering
Company contact: Justin Love


Primary areas: Space robotics and sensors, radar satellites and ground systems, communication satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems and geospatial imagery products and analytics
Company contact: David Stevens


Founded in 1969, MDA is Canada's largest space technology developer and manufacturer.  MDA has delivered iconic technologies such as the Canadarm family of space robotics for the U.S. Space Shuttle program and the International Space Station, and three generations of RADARSAT Earth observation satellites for the Canadian Government.  More recently, they have taken a leadership role in the international consortium for the Central Signal Processing Element of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). 


Primary area: AI, traffic networks, video detectors, data analysis, smart cities
Company contact: Maximilien Schirm

NuVu Cameras

Primary area: Detectors
Company contact: Olivier Daigle

SKYTRAC Systems Ltd

Primary area: Optics and photonics integration, software development
Company contact: Brad Zarikoff


SKYTRAC is a leader in satellite communication (Satcom) systems and intelligent connectivity for the aviation and aerospace industries. Their suite of products and services serve multiple segments of aviation including commercial airlines, global military and government organizations, unmanned aviation operators and systems integrators, offshore oil and gas transport providers, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and more. As a value-added partner to Iridium, SKYTRAC provides leading, certified avionics and value-added services to thousands of users across the world in over 100 countries spanning all 7 continents. In addition, SKYTRAC holds partnerships with nearly all major aircraft OEMs. SKYTRAC holds 30 years of onboard analytics and global real-time tracking expertise on hundreds of airframes and is an expert in high-value OEM customizations.

Schneider Electric

Primary area: Energy systems


Opportunities at Gemini and ALMA

In addition to placements with industrial partners, NTCO sponsored one internship per year at the Gemini Observatory (North or South) and the Joint Alma Observatory (Chile).


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