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Op Ed – The Government Should Support Canada Becoming a Small Satellite Manufacturing Hub

Recently, there has been noteworthy news related to small satellites. First and significantly, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released details of new applications from companies wanting to deploy constellations of small satellites, most in non-geostationary orbits (NGSO). This included applications from two Canadian companies, Kepler Communications and Telesat. The total number of planned NGSO satellites in applications filled since June of this year, is …

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Op-Ed – The 2016 Canadian Budget is a Start But Action Must Follow Words for the Space Sector

The Federal Budget brought a mild surprise and welcome news to the space community in that the government provided a specific funding dollar amount to sustain Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2024. The previous government had committed Canada to participating in the ISS through 2024, but had yet to allocate funds to make it happen.

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The Space Shuttle Retirement and the Avro Analogy

Last Thursday NASA held a series of media briefings for the upcoming launch on November 1st of the Space Shuttle Discovery, its 39th and final flight. After this launch there is only one scheduled launch left, tentatively set for late February. There may be an additional flight in June or next fall but not all of the funding has been appropriated. As the Shuttle program …

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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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