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.

Cryosat-2 Launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) CryoSat-2 earth observation satellite was successfully launched yesterday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Russian Dnepr rocket. As a cooperating member of ESA, the Canadian Space Agency is contributing to ESA’s Earth Observation Envelope Programme and therefore is participating in the mission.

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Canadian Space Agency Reorganization Underway

The federal government on March 25th released the 2010-2011 Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Report on Plans and Priorities. The report indicates that in anticipation of Cabinet and Treasury Board approval of the Long Term Space Plan (LTSP), a reorganization is underway. The much anticipated 10 year LTSP would begin to be implemented this year as soon as the government approves the plan.

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Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-131)

The seven-member STS-131 crew headed to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery after its launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. EDT. The liftoff came 45 minutes before sunrise Monday, Apr. 5, and lit up Florida’s Space Coast sky. The STS-131 Commander is Alan Poindexter; Jim Dutton is the Pilot and the Mission Specialists are Rick Mastracchio, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, …

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Life in Extreme Environments Lecture with Dr. Lynn Rothschild

Dr. Lynn Rothschild from the NASA Ames Research Centre will be presenting “Life in Extreme Environments” on Friday March 26th, 2010 in Somerville House, room 3345 followed by a reception at Michael’s Garden. Life in Extreme Environments Lecture with Dr. Lynn Rothschild Date: Friday, March 26, 7-8 pm Venue: The University of Western Ontario, Somerville House, Room 3345

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It is Rocket Science – Nerenberg Lecture with Dr. Steve MacLean

Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency, will be at the University of Western Ontario on Wednesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m. in Conron Hall (University College 224) to present his lecture “It is Rocket Science,” which addresses the idea that we have only begun to explore the potential of space, and the research done today sets a foundation for future generations to build …

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Canadian Space Science Data Portal Prepares for CASSIOPE Data

Canadian scientists will receive a gold mine of new data soon after the CAScade, Smallsat and IOnospheric Polar Explorer (CASSIOPE) satellite launches in 2011. Scientists will be able to access the data though a central web site, the newly upgraded Canadian Space Science Data Portal (CSSDP) on the ultra-high speed Canada Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE).

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Imagine Seeing the First Stars – A Video Trailer

A new NASA teaser video was released yesterday for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). And it’s all about imagining what discoveries this next generation telescope and successor to the Hubble Space Telescope will find. Canada is a major contributor providing the Fine Guidance Sensor (FGS) and Tuneable Filter Imager (TFI). The JWST is schedule to be launched in 2014.

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Research Potential on the International Space Station

In today’s Ottawa Citizen article “What does $100 billion buy?” they ask fair questions in “… how valuable this research in space has been, and does having a space station really add prestige, or industrial competence, or an innovative edge to a country?” with respect to how Canada benefits and humanity as a whole. “The space station must impress us on a new level: Treating …

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