New Coalition Formed to Revive Canadian Space Program

A new coalition of industry, academic and interest groups has launched  a campaign called Don’t Let Go Canada in an effort to bolster the Canadian space program.

“While other countries have been increasing their investments in space, Canada has fallen from 8th place in 1992 to 18th place (% of GDP), and hasn’t had a long-term plan to guide Canada’s investments for decades,” the group said on its website.

“The economic stakes of space participation are higher than ever. The global space market is worth over USD $380B today; analysts forecast it will grow to be a multi-trillion-dollar market in coming decades,” the website states. “Ambitious governments are staking their claims. Luxembourg plans to be the leading country in space mining; the UK aims to capture 10 percent of the global space market by 2030.”

Among the members of the coalition are MDA, Honeywell, Magellan Aerospace, ABB, AIAC, Neptec, Canadian Space Society, Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute, and The Planetary Society. A full list of members is on the organization’s website.

The group is calling for a properly funded, long-term Canadian Space Strategy to guide the nation’s efforts. One pressing concern is a decision on whether Canada will participate in the U.S.-led Lunar Gateway program, which will place a human-tended station in orbit around the moon.

Early Bird Registration for Canadian Space Summit Ends Monday

css_summit_nov2013Canadian Space Summit 2013
Canada’s Space Economy
November 14-15 in Ottawa, ON

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The Canadian Space Summit is the Canadian Space Society’s annual conference devoted to space science, research, and technology. The Summit will bring together approximately 200 professionals from industry, academia, government, and the military to explore topics of importance to the space sector in Canada and abroad. This year’s theme is Canada’s Space Economy.

From communications to GPS to remote sensing, space technology has become inextricably woven into our society and economy, this theme allows us to examine Canada’s space sector as a necessary piece of our national infrastructure. We can also look at how space, science and technology could help spur economic recovery, nationally and throughout the world!

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  • Gen. (retired) Walter Natynczyk, President Canadian Space Agency
  • Bill Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, NASA
  • Peter Garland, Vice President of Advanced Programs, MDA Satellite Systems Division
  • Paul Bush, Sr. Vice President Corporate and Business Development, Telesat
  • Cédric Seynat, Manager Aerospace Engineering, RHEA Canada
  • Colonel André Dupuis, Director of Space Development, Department of National Defence
  • Maria McRae, River Ward Councillor, City of Ottawa
  • Journalist panel, featuring
    1. Greg Weston
    2. Ivan Semeniuk
    3. Elizabeth Howell
    4. David Pugliese
  • Social Media panel
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    2. Melanie Coulson
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Canadian Space Summit Hailed as “Resounding Success” By Organizers


On November 21st to 23rd, 130 professionals, government officials and academics attended the 8th annual Canadian Space Summit presented by the Canadian Space Society and held at McGill University. This year’s Summit theme addressed a pertinent question on the minds of many in the industry, “What’s next for the Canadian space industry?” With topics ranging from astronomy to Earth orbit operations to the need for a comprehensive national space policy in Canada, there was no lack of discussion to address this ultimate question.