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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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Canada Home to State of the Art Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility

While Canada’s robot arms do their work in orbit, Canadian researchers on the ground are developing cutting edge deep space life support systems. The University of Guelph in Ontario has opened a brand new Controlled Environment Systems (CES) research facility that will eventually contain 14 hypobaric (reduced pressure) chambers. The chambers – the first of which was opened last week – will allow researchers to …

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A Canadian Martian Scientific Wish List

Participants at the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration Workshop (CSEW) had the happy task on Saturday of putting together a wish list of scientific objectives for a Canadian program of Mars exploration. On Friday night, Canadian Space Agency Executive Vice President Marc Garneau had surprised the space sciences community by announcing his intention to see Canada become a major player in the international Mars research scene. …

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Allons-y! Canadian Space Agency Announces Major Mars Initiative

Participants at the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration Workshop (CSEW), being held in Montreal this weekend, were among the first to hear that Canada wants to go to Mars. In a pre-banquet speech on Saturday night, former astronaut Dr. Marc Garneau, now serving as Executive Vice-President for the Canadian Space Agency announced that the CSA would be expanding its space exploration efforts over the next several …

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Beyond Orbit: A Canadian Space Exploration and Development Institute

Interest in space exploration among the peoples of Canada and the world has never been greater. The United States and Russia have long been dominant in this frontier, but today Europe, China, Japan and India are pursuing their aspirations in space. Canada was the third nation in space, and the first to put a commercial satellite in geosynchronous orbit. We are leaders in satellite and …

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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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