Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and Executive Vice President, Content of SpaceNews. Boucher has 25+ 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 top ten Canadian space stories of 2020

Canada in Space

It’s that time of year again where we look back at the top Canadian space stories of the year. To say that 2020 was a remarkable year would be an understatement. The year started out full of promise and optimism, but was quickly overshadowed by the pandemic.

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The Canadian spaceport launch vehicle year end rankings

Artist illustration: MLS launch from the Nova Scotia spaceport

As 2020 comes to an end and we publish our 3rd edition of the Canadian Spaceport Launch Vehicle Power Rankings, we ask ourselves is the glass half empty or half full? That perception is up to you. Event though it's been a very difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the globe, there are signs for optimism. It's also a time for the government …

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All I want for the holidays is a Starlink beta invitation

Santa delivers a Starlink kit

As we enter the year end holiday season we're hearing from Canadians across the country that all they want for the holidays is a Starlink beta invitation. While more invitations are coming in the new year, users should understand there's a reason why it's called the "Better Than Nothing Beta." Also, it's not just consumers interested in Starlink, Members of Parliament on the Standing Committee …

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The Lunar VIPER rover and the space economy

NASA lunar VIPER rover

NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, known as the VIPER rover, is a precursor science mission for the Artemis program. It is scheduled to be delivered to the surface of the Moon in December 2022. It’s also important to the space economy.

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How to see the great Jupiter and Saturn conjunction

The great Jupiter - Saturn conjunction of December 21, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn are in the midst of a great planetary dance, one which from Earth will result in the two planets appearing side by side in the night sky culminating in the great planetary conjunction on December 21. Even if the skies aren’t clear where you are, you’ll be able to virtually watch the event.

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A Canadian astronaut will be on the first NASA Artemis mission to the Moon

Earth rise as seen from Apollo 8 as it rounded the Moon

When we heard that the Government of Canada with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) was going to make a “major announcement” on space exploration today, we immediately thought of NASA’s Artemis program and that it related to Canadian astronauts going to the Moon. What we didn’t suspect is that through a new agreement with NASA, that Canada would be sending an astronaut on the first …

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