Ottawa company sells space technology in Europe

While mainly a technology demonstration project, Proba-3 also has science in mind. It's a pity that Canada couldn't pony up the cash to build this though. Not only do we lose out on having a part in the science, but the technological expertise will move to the UK instead of being entirely resident here in Canada.  

Neptec’s job is to keep the distance between the satellites precise, measuring down to millionths of a metre. It’s like a very fancy version of a golfer’s laser rangefinder.

The Proba-3 mission will use the two satellites together because one will block out the sun for a telescope on the other, while still allowing the telescope to see the corona, or glowing plasma around the sun. The European Space Agency will launch it in 2018.