Craig Bamford

Craig started writing for SpaceQ in 2017 as their space culture reporter, shifting to Canadian business and startup reporting in 2019. He is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists, and has a Master's Degree in International Security from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. He lives in Toronto.

CSA Balloon Base Gets Payload Facility Upgrade

Strato-Science campaign at the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base

The Canadian Space Agency’s Stratospheric Balloon Base in Timmins opened a new payload integration facility on Thursday, doubling its capacity and reinforcing its position as a premiere location for stratospheric science.  As detailed in earlier SpaceQ coverage of the CSA’s STRATOS program, the Timmins base is a key international hub for study of the stratosphere. Started ten years ago in conjunction with the Centre National …

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Aethera Technologies Makes Minority Equity Investment in Ad Astra Rocket Company

Plasma animation - A very quick explanation of how the plasma moves through our rocket engine.Image credit: Ad Astra Rocket Company.

Halifax-based RF technology company Aethera Technologies Ltd. has announced that they’ve made an “undisclosed minority equity investment” in Houston’s Ad Astra Rocket Company. The two companies have a long-standing relationship and contextualizes Ad Astra’s other recent announcement that they’ve received two NASA contracts for development of their VASIMR engine. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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MDA Awarded Contract for the Arctic Observing Mission

Arctic glacier. Image credit: Canadian Space Agency.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) announced on July 31 that MDA has won an award to conduct a study on the feasibility and value of the Arctic Observing Mission (AOM). The award was for $2.5M and will last until the end of 2024. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support …

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SWEPT Telescope Could Serve as Vital Early Warning System for Lunar Gateway

A full view of the Lunar Gateway including Canadarm3, a Canadian contribution to be built by MDA

A collaboration between two University of Alberta professors may finally have led to a breakthrough: a new radiation detection device with unique capabilities that could not only help us prepare for radiation bursts in space, but save the lives of astronauts at the Lunar Gateway or on the Moon. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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