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Canada’s Fledging Rover Program Is Facing A Rocky Future – Space Quarterly Archives

The Canadian Science-Class Rover Prototype, REX, simulates Mars Sample Return

Continuing with our Summer Reading Series of articles or interviews that still have some relevance today, we present Canada’s Fledging Rover Program Is Facing A Rocky Future which outlined the state of rover development in Canada in the fall of 2011. The story was written by Elizabeth Howell and originally published in Space Quarterly Magazine in December 2011. Six years later many of the same players are still …

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The Dream of Becoming an Astronaut: The Final Selection

Astronauts wanted

On July 1 the Prime Minister introduced Canada’s newest astronauts, Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk. In this final episode of the Astronauts Wanted series you get to see behind the scenes the day before the announcement through to their introduction at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters where they met their new co-workers and their families.

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Interviewed: Jeff Greason, CEO of XCOR Aerospace – Space Quarterly Magazine Archive

Jeff Greason, XCOR

On June 30 XCOR laid off its remaining staff as the company faces serious financial trouble. The company that for years promised to take tourists to the edge of space and provide a platform for researchers to conduct suborbital research with its Lynx suborbital spacecraft, is now on life support. They will hire on a few people on a contract basis as they try to …

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Natural Resources Canada in Apparent Conflict of Interest Over Ground Station Licensing

The new commercial ground station built by New North Networks

While innovation is seemingly in every funding press release issued by the government, there’s little innovation happening in Ottawa’s bureaucracy, and that’s hampering business to the point that foreign investment dollars in Canada’s space sector might head for more responsive countries. Throw in an apparent government conflict of interest, and you’ve got a Made in Ottawa bureaucratic migraine for the government.

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