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.

The Canadian Space Agency Comes out a Winner in Conservative Budget, Sort of

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) were the beneficiary of an additional $110 million in funding over the next three years in yesterday’s budget but a closer look reveals that some of the new money will actually replenish a decreasing budget. The new funding comes at a time when the agency was actually taking a cut in its budget from $368.2 million in 2008-2009 to $348.3 …

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Canadian Led Mission to Mars Will Soon be One Step Closer

Canada may soon have its own mission to the red planet SpaceRef has learned. An official announcement from Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Dr. Marc Garneau for a feasibility study is expected soon. Garneau became president of CSA nearly 2 1/2 years ago. Throughout that time he’s been pushing for an increase in the CSA’s budget so that Canada could have a greater role in …

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Canada's Budget 2003 – No Money for Mars

The Canadian government released its budget today. Contrary to the expectation of some, this budget did not include any new money for the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) plans for Mars. Nearly two years ago, at the 3rd Canadian Space Exploration Workshop, CSA president Marc Garneau announced his vision for the CSA’s next bold adventure: Mars. At that time he said, “We have the expertise, it’s …

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Auditor General Report: Canada's Space Program is at a Financial Crossroads

Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada, presented her report to the House of Commons this week in which she called in to question the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) ability to implement its programs due to funding problems. These problems at CSA are not necessarily of its own making. Indeed, many of them predate the formation of the CSA. According to the Auditor General, the situation …

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Alouette-1 Launched Canada as a Space Nation

Atop a Thor-Agena B rocket, Alouette-1 launched from Vandenberg, California, on September 29, 1962 at 6:05 UTC. This launch made Canada the third nation in space with its own satellite in orbit, following closely on the exploits of the Soviet Union and the United States. “Just as the railroad linking the country from coast to coast has played a key role in Canada’s history, the …

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Canadian Space Agency President Marc Garneau Pushes Mars Agenda

If former astronaut Marc Garneau has his way, Canada will soon become an important partner in several upcoming Mars missions. Garneau would also like to see Canada become a leader in several new space technology fields as well. Next Friday, Garneau, who is now President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), will define this vision to an audience at the University of Toronto. He will …

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