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The Canadian Space Summit Returns to Ottawa

Canadian Space Summit 2017

There’s something about Ottawa and the Canadian Space Summit. Each year the Canadian Space Society holds their annual summit in a different city.  However, as the Summit returns to Ottawa this year, there’s an expectation that the conference will deliver more, and it usually does.

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Dan Goldberg of Telesat on their LEO Satellite Constellation and Canada’s Space Future

Telesat Low Earth Orbit Satellite Constellation

This week on the SpaceQ podcast I spoke with Dan Goldberg, CEO of Telesat. Telesat is a leading global satellite operator based in Ottawa. Dan’s been the Chief Executive at Telesat since 2006. Before working at Telesat he had been CEO at SES New Skies. And for those with long memories, Dan was also Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs …

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MDA’s Acquisition of DigitalGlobe Can be a Bridge Between American and Canadian Defence

DigitalGlobe on the future of geospatial intelligence at #GEOINT2017

The stars have once again aligned for Canada’s leading space firm. Earlier this month, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., now known simply as MDA, a Canadian global communications and information enterprise providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, completed its $2.4 billion purchase of DigitalGlobe, an American-based global provider of high resolution Earth imagery and geospatial information.

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As MDA Becomes Maxar Technologies Context is King

MDA to become Maxar Technologies

On October 2nd MDA’s acquisition of DigitialGlobe closed. The new company formed from this acquisition will be called Maxar Technologies and will have 6,500 employees with $3B in 2016 revenues. Contrast that to January 2008 when MDA thought it had sold its space business to then Alliant Techsystems (ATK), now Orbital ATK, and we’re planning on leaving the space market. Then, as in now, context …

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