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The Federal Budget brought a mild surprise and welcome news to the space community in that the government provided a specific funding dollar amount to sustain Canada's contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2024. The previous government had committed Canada to participating in the ISS through 2024, but had yet to allocate funds to make it happen.
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LR5 Rocket Engine Developed by Adam Trumpour [OSO Inc. Chief Propulsion Specialist].
Since the beginning, man has yearned to venture into the cosmos, which is a difficult achievement without access to space. Such is the attitude and position of Canada within the global space industry.
The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) on August 4th called on all the federal parties taking part in the election to commit to a long-term space plan by the end of 2016. Both the NDP and the Liberals have publicly committed to a long-term space plan, though with no fixed date set.
It was not meant as a political speech, but it was a political speech, at least in so much as Marc Garneau spoke on two related issues that he's passionate about. One of which, the environment and global warming, could be a hot topic for discussion in the upcoming federal election scheduled for Monday, October 19.
Industry Minister James Moore announced today the participants of the newly created Space Advisory Board. The creation of the Space Advisory Board was one of the recommendations made in the report released by the Aerospace Review committee two years ago.
Presidents of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) can serve a term of five years which can be renewed. The problem however is that since its foundation, only one president has completed one full term. In fact, under the current government, which has been in power for nearly 9 years, there have been four interim presidents and a total of seven presidents.
Parliament has adjourned for the summer and members of parliament (MP) are back in their ridings doing the summer BBQ circuit. But when they get back in the fall they'll be in full election mode. So this seems an appropriate time as any to look ahead and gaze into my crystal ball and see what would happen if the Liberal's were elected.
Last week COM DEV announced that Canada's earth observation Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSat) launch was being postponed at the insistence of the Government of Canada, a by-product of political tensions in the Ukraine with Russian as the instigator. This is a situation that need not have happened if Canada had a progressive space policy in place.
What is Canada's Future in Space? This promotional video provides remarks by Industry Minister James Moore and highlights of Canada's past accomplishments as Canada's new Space Policy Framework is outlined. Canada's new Space Policy Framework was released on February 7, 2014 at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
The Canadian government unveiled a new space policy framework today that reinforces what many within the space sector already new, space is an integral part of Canadian's everyday lives and its importance will only grow.
This years Canadian Space Summit by the Canadian Space Society is once again being held in Ottawa between November 12-15 with the theme Canada's Space Economy.
Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund of the Space Policy Institute in Washington discussed space policy and Canada's role as an international partner in space exploration at the 2012 Canadian Space Summit.
The final report form the First Canadian Nanosatellite Workshop recently held on April 23 in Quebec City has been released. Organized in conjunction with the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) ASTRO 2012 Conference the workshop was a result of a previous Canadian Space Agency workshop in 2010 which recommended the establishment of an annual Canadian forum on nanosatellite activities.
While a recent agreement signed between Canada's and Japan's space agencies is an extension of previous work, a JAXA vice-president noted at the National Space Symposium that the two countries could collaborate on launch opportunities as a result of the memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Less than two weeks after the official launch of the Aerospace Review on February 27th, Executive Director Scott Streiner, at the invitation of the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA), travelled from Ottawa to Toronto yesterday for an informal meeting with members and guests at their bimonthly meeting.
At the First Canadian Aerospace Summit hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada in Ottawa yesterday a distinguished group of leaders was brought together for the Canadian Aerospace Leaders Panel moderated by Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Dr. Steve MacLean. The theme of the panel was "Does Canada need an aerospace industrial base?" The message from industry leaders was clear, for industry to be successful the government must play an important role, especially when it comes to helping industry with foreign markets. There are opportunities but there is also risk as the domestic market is small and can't sustain the industry on its own.
The following article first appeared in the first issue of our new magazine Space Quarterly on September 1, 2011. With the opening today of the First Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa we thought it appropriate to publish this article online. The next issue of Space Quarterly will be published December 1. Subscribe to the digital or print edition for more in-depth coverage of the Canadian space systems sector.