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Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactice Inc. Boucher has 18 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 25 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

Canadian Space Science Data Portal Prepares for CASSIOPE Data

Canadian scientists will receive a gold mine of new data soon after the CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite launches in 2011. Scientists will be able to access the data though a central web site, the newly upgraded Canadian Space Science Data Portal (CSSDP) on the ultra-high speed Canada Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE).

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Imagine Seeing the First Stars – A Video Trailer

A new NASA teaser video was released yesterday for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). And it’s all about imagining what discoveries this next generation telescope and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope will find. Canada is a major contributor providing the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) and Tuneable Filter Imager (TFI). The JWST is schedule to be launched in 2014.

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Research Potential on the International Space Station

In today’s Ottawa Citizen article “What does $100 billion buy?” they ask fair questions in “… how valuable this research in space has been, and does having a space station really add prestige, or industrial competence, or an innovative edge to a country?” with respect to how Canada benefits and humanity as a whole. “The space station must impress us on a new level: Treating …

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MDA Gets Next Contract in RADARSAT Constellation Mission

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) announced yesterday that the Canadian Space Agency has authorized MDA to start the design phase (C) of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission. The value of this contract is limited to $11.8 million and is expected to be completed by June 11, 2010. The announcement comes two weeks after the federal government unveiled it’s budget which included funding for the RADARSAT …

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ASTRO 2010 Conference

ASTRO 2010 is the 15thin the series of CASI Astronautics conferences that take place every two years. The theme selected for ASTRO’10 will bring together the Canadian space community to explore how we can work together to address pressing issues impacting our quality of life in three areas of great concern – safety and security, the environment, and the economy. May 4 – 6, Westin …

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Canadian Space Policy Idles or Does It?

Readers familiar with our ongoing Canadian Space Agency Watch series know that space policy is an issue we tend to focus on. In particular the long anticipated but elusive Long-Term Space Plan (LTSP) the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has been working in since the fall of 2008. So it came as a bit of a surprise when we found out that not only had the …

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Space Agency Heads Discuss Extending Space Station Lifespan to 2028

Today in Tokyo the leaders of the space agencies from Canada, Europe, Japan, Russia and the United States met to discuss the future of the International Space Station (ISS). The space station is nearing completion and the group noted there are no technical constraints to continue operations beyond 2015 to 2020 and possibly 2028. Extending the lifespan of the station to 2028 is a matter …

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