James Careless

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

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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CSA President: RADARSAT+ Supplemental Satellite Will be “Compatible” with RCM

Canadian Space Agency Lisa Campbell addressing the Spacebound 2023 conference. One primary topic was the new RADARSAT+ initiative.

The supplemental RADARSAT+ satellite announced by Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne at Spacebound 2023 will be compatible with the existing RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM). But it will be more advanced than the current three RCM satellites now in service. That’s the news from Canadian Space Agency President Lisa Campbell. She spoke with SpaceQ after her 2023 keynote address to Space Canada’s conference …

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Second Spacebound Conference Expected to be Bigger

Spacebound 2023 conference

Space Canada’s second annual conference, Spacebound 2023, appears to be bigger than before. Certainly the venue is bigger: This year’s event, which is being held in Ottawa on October 17-19, 2023, is headquartered at the Canadian Museum of Nature, a larger facility than last year’s Bayview Yards location. Space Canada is the Canadian space industry’s trade association.

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