Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceRef Canada Interactive Inc, CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef U.S., advisor and co-founder of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, and director and co-founder of MaxQ Accelerator Inc. Previously he was the founder of Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine which he sold.

Alouette-1 Launched Canada as a Space Nation

Atop a Thor-Agena B rocket, Alouette-1 launched from Vandenberg, California, on September 29, 1962 at 6:05 UTC. This launch made Canada the third nation in space with its own satellite in orbit, following closely on the exploits of the Soviet Union and the United States. “Just as the railroad linking the country from coast to coast has played a key role in Canada’s history, the …

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Canadian Space Agency President Marc Garneau Pushes Mars Agenda

If former astronaut Marc Garneau has his way, Canada will soon become an important partner in several upcoming Mars missions. Garneau would also like to see Canada become a leader in several new space technology fields as well. Next Friday, Garneau, who is now President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will define this vision to an audience at the University of Toronto. He will …

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Canadian Astronaut Steve MacLean Gets a Ride on STS-115

he Canadian Space Agency announced today that Steve Maclean will fly as a Mission Specialist on STS-115 which will visit the International Space Station in 2003. “Today, Canada continues its innovation and leadership in space sciences and I congratulate Steve MacLean for being Canada’s representative on this future space mission,” said Minister Allan Rock. “The International Space Station is a beacon for excellence and a …

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Dr. Marc Garneau Named President of the Canadian Space Agency

Dr. Marc Garneau will assume leadership of the Canadian Space Agency on November 22. Garneau replaces Mac Evans who had been President for the last seven years and has served in the Canadian Space Agency for 35 years. It was only last February that Garneau transitioned from active astronaut to the role of Executive Vice-president. Last year at this time he had been preparing for …

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CSA Looking for a Few Good Engineers

It seems the Canadian Space Agency is having a hard time finding engineers to fill vacancies at the Robotics Section of the Space Technologies division. An email was forwarded to Canadian space advocacy groups urging them to make it known that three specific positions were open. The open positions are as follows: Mechanics and Dynamics Engineer Mechatronics Engineer Real-Time Systems Engineer If you’re interested in …

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Mars on Earth Field Season Begins

After being delayed for nine days the first support staff and crew have made it to the NASA Haughton-Mars Project and Mars Society base camp. The base camp is located right next to Haughton Crater on Devon Island in Canada’s high Arctic. Weather in the arctic is always an issue. This year the snow melt was a little latter than usual. Combine that with fog, …

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Canadian Space Agency Announces Spaceflight Research Opportunity

On the heels of the Canadian Space Agency’s recent announcement of a major expansion of its space exploration program comes this new announcement of opportunity. Researchers have until June 28th to submit a letter of intent for their life science experiment. Successful proposals will be flown between 2004 and 2006 and have maximum annual funding of $100,000 for up to three years. Experiments must take …

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Canadian Space Agency Hosts the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration Workshop

Between May 24-26 the Canadian Space Agency will host the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to a develop a vision for Canadian involvement in national and international space exploration missions and to identify the key technologies required in order to successfully achieve these scientific goals. SpaceRef Canada is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event. If …

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Canadian History Made with First Spacewalk a Success

Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk today. With NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski, now an honorary Canadian, they installed an Ultra High Frequency (UHF) antenna and moved the Canadarm2, which is still on its pallet, onto the International Space Station (ISS). The spacewalk lasted nearly seven hours with hardly any problems. Hadfield experienced some minor eye irritation and by the end of …

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Canada Charts New Space Exploration Course

Last week the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) outlined to industry, academia, and advocacy groups its vision of Canada’s role in future space exploration. The event was The Second Canadian Space Exploration Workshop held in Calgary, Alberta. It now appears that the Canadian Government is determined to be recognized as a space player. The CSA has been newly manadated by the Canadian Government to develop space …

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