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.

Magellan Aerospace Continuing Quiet Development of MAPLE Lunar Penetrator

Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program

Back in 2020, the Canadian Space Agency announced a variety of contracts focused on lunar exploration as part of the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP). These contracts, the Lunar Surface Autonomous Science Payloads (LSASP), were focused on developing payloads, instruments and/or subsystems that involve "highly visible science mission enabling capabilities." This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, …

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Maritime Launch Services Completes Preliminary Design Review, Construction Imminent

MLSI begins initial roadwork to gather soil and rock data for their design team

Maritime Launch Services (MLS) has just concluded the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for Spaceport Nova Scotia. The spaceport, when completed, would be Canada’s first active launch site in decades, its only current orbital launch site, and one of the few commercial launch sites in the world. This PDR is an important step in making that happen. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? …

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CSA STRATOS balloon program makes Timmins a scientific hub

High school students from the Timmins area participating in the STRATOS 2022 campaign, posing in front of the balloon containing their experiments

While low Earth orbit SmallSats are having a revolutionary effect on Earth observation, other approaches based on other technologies, like stratospheric balloons, have a role to play as well. At a media availability day on August 18, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) discussed the stratospheric balloon program (STRATOS) and the balloons’ important scientific and expanding role, and its value to the Timmins’ community. 

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Metaspectral to test hyperspectral payload on the ISS


Vancouver-based Metaspectral is sending a hyperspectral imaging payload to the International Space Station in early 2023. Working with HySpeed Computing and Nanoracks, they’ll be there to test and improve hyperspectral data analysis using deep learning algorithms and neural networks. They’re also there to prove that Metaspectral’s compression tech can solve a big problem with hyperspectral imaging: the pictures are enormous—but the bandwidth is not. This …

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Ukrainian space factory, Yuzhmash, hit by Russian missile attack

This satellite image was taken of the the day before Russia invaded Ukraine and shows the Yuzhmash and Yuzhnoy buildings in Dnipro.

A Russian cruise missile attack hit the Yuzhmash space factory in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro on July 15th. What does this mean for Spaceport Nova Scotia? This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support independent journalism. SUBSCRIBE TODAY

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Canadian rocketry engineers aim high

The Stardust Festival home of the Launch Canada Challenge

Student rocketry is becoming an increasingly important source of engineers for companies looking for innovation. Two of the most important student rocketry events are happening right around this time: the Spaceport America Cup just concluded, and the new Launch Canada Rocket Innovation Challenge is happening in early August as part of the Stardust Festival in Cochrane Ontario. These and other events are are helping to …

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