Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

Simple Error Could Have Resulted in Intuitive Machines Mission Failure

On Feb. 22, 2024, Intuitive Machines’ Odysseus lunar lander captures a wide field of view image of Schomberger crater on the Moon approximately 125 miles (200 km) uprange from the intended landing site, at approximately 6 miles (10 km) altitude. Image credit: Intuitive Machines

At this stage of the Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission, there is good reason for the company and NASA to celebrate. The Odysseus descent and landing was mostly successful. The news that the spacecraft tipped over and possibly broke a “leg” though does take some shine off the exuberance. However, what was barely discussed at the almost hour and a half news conference Friday was the …

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Intuitive Machines Odysseus Lands on the Moon

Intuitive Machines mission control during the descent and landing of the Odysseus spacecraft

It was a nail bitting experience and it took some time to get confirmation, but Intuitive Machines has successfully landed its robotic spacecraft Odysseus on the Moon’s south pole. It is the first time in over 50 years that an American spacecraft has landed on the Moon and the first ever successful south pole landing as well as the first successful commercial landing.

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MDA Awarded $74M Contract For DND RPAS Ground Control Stations

Government of Canada orders the MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPAS from GA-ASI in which MDA will be part of Canadian coalition working on the program

MDA announced this morning it had been awarded a $74 million contract from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GS-ASI) to support the Canadian Armed Force MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). The Government of Canada signed a deal with GS-ASI on December 19, 2023 to purchase RPAS. A Canadian team is working on the project, called Team SkyGuardian Canada and includes MDA, CAE, and …

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Canadian Space Agency Spending in 2022-23 Hits High Mark

Canadian Space Agency logo

For it's fiscal year (FY) 2022-23, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) spent just over $498.2 million, it's highest level ever, eclipsing its previous high of $409.1 million in FY 2011-12. And this years planned spending of $537.4 million, should it hold up, would surpass the new high. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology …

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Canadensys Aerospace Built Imagers Set for Lunar Launch

An imager built by Canadensys Aerospace that will be on the Intuitive Machines IM-1 lunar mission

The upcoming second launch of a NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) mission to the Moon will include imagers from Canadensys Aerospace for the International Lunar Observatory Association and Intuitive Machines. The latter was partially funded by the Canadian Space Agency through the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program.

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