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James Careless

James Careless is an award-winning satellite communications writer. He has covered the industry since the 1990s.

Lidar Used to Measure Snowpack in Canadian Rockies

Alberta Rocky Mountains area of interest includes steep terrain, snow valleys and dense vegetation

Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) has been used successfully to map the depth of the snowpack on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The existence of such data makes it possible to accurately assess the amount of available water in the snowpack. Such data is vital for determining how much water will filter downhill after the snowpack melts.

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MDA Space, Unifor Return to the Bargaining Table (Updated)

Unifor Local 112 and 673 on strike at MDA Space headquarters in Brampton, Ontario.

MDA Space and Unifor have agreed to return to the bargaining table on May 22, 2024, according to a May 21, 2024 email sent to SpaceQ by Unifor National Communications Representative David Molenhuis. According to the union, about 50 Unifor Local 112 and 673 members have been on strike at the company’s headquarters in Brampton, Ontario since April 9th.

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Cybersecurity and Lunar Utility Vehicle Key Topics in Final Horizons Session

Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs

The federal government takes cybersecurity threats to Canada’s space sector seriously, and is taking tangible steps to combat them. That was the message delivered by Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs, during his keynote speech at the Space Canada’s Horizons conference. He opened the last of three sessions of the one-day event, which was held at Ottawa’s Bayview Yards building …

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Government Nitty-Gritty Drives Second Horizons Conference Session

Éric Vachon, the Canadian Space Agency’s Acting VP of Corporate Strategy and Innovation and Chief Financial Officer

The ‘nitty-gritty’ details of Canadian government space policy dominated the second of three sessions at Horizons, the Space Canada conference held at Ottawa’s Bayview Yards on May 1 ,2024. 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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Space Canada Horizons Conference Upbeat About Canadian Space Prospects, Industry

Space Canada CEO Brian Gallant addresses the Space Canada Horizons attendees

Optimistic, confident, and upbeat about Canada’s space prospects: These words aptly sum up the mood of Space Canada Horizons conference during the opening session of this one-day event in Ottawa May 1, 2024. The space industry hosted Horizons at the city’s Bayview Yards building, before a standing room only crowd. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, …

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Canada Wants to be Leader in Using Local Materials on the Moon

NASA artist illustration of lunar ISRU

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) has launched the Moonshot 4 Mining, Minerals and Manufacturing (M4M3) initiative. It is a $5.5 million program designed to use locally available resources wherever possible to support on- and off-world construction projects. NGen is an industry-driven not-for-profit organization that is spearheading Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for Advanced Manufacturing, which is backed by Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada. This page …

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Defence Panel Send Serious Messages About Space

Innovation in Defence – Leveraging Commercial Space Capabilities panel at Spacebound 2023

Canada’s across-the-board dependence on space-based technology, multiple threats against this reliance, and the need for government/industry partnerships to confront these threats were among the messages delivered by the “Innovation in Defence – Leveraging Commercial Space Capabilities” panel at Spacebound 2023. The panel took place on day two of the annual Space Canada conference, which was packed with audience members and timely topics. Spacebound 2023 was …

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Spacebound – Militaries Finally Taking Space Seriously

Brigadier-General (BGen) G. Michael Adamson (left) and BGen. Kevin Whale (Ret’d), MDA’s Senior Director of Defence Strategy fireside chat at Spacebound 2023

The days of outer space being benignly tolerated by military organizations are over. These days, for better or worse, the world’s militaries are taking outer space very seriously and allocating resources to this domain accordingly. 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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