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Canada signs US Artemis Accords but international divisions persist

Canadian Space Agency President Lisa Campbell signs the US Artemis Accords

At this years unique CyberSpace edition of the International Astronautical Congress, Canada and six other nations signed the US Artemis Accords. However, it is notable as to who didn't. 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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Canada needs to be more self-reliant with Earth Observation strategy

This is a Mosaic of Canada which is made from 121 images captured by Canadian satellite RADARSAT-2.

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) held whole-of-government webinar today to discuss Canada's Space-Based Earth Observation (SBEO) strategy. The whole-of-government approach which includes participation by 16 departments, a record for any Canadian space endeavour, is meant to learn from past programs and better position Canada with an eye towards future government needs, while creating commercial opportunities for industry. The balance between government needs and industry wants, …

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New US cybersecurity space policy goes further than Canadian policy

President Trump signs Space Policy Directive - 3 on space traffic management.

At first glance the new US Space Policy Directive 5, Cybersecurity Principles for Space System, released last Friday seems innocuous enough with common sense principles. However, there may be issues with the supply chain portions of the policy. 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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New Conservative leader Erin O’Toole supports the space sector

New Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole

The new leader of the Conservative Party is Erin O'Toole, a former member of Royal Canadian Air Force, a lawyer, and in the previous Harper Conservative government, the Minister of Veterans Affairs. In an interview with SpaceQ last fall shortly before the 2019 Federal Election, O'Toole provided some insights on Conservative Party space policies. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. …

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Satellite emission monitoring companies look to the long term as US rolls back methane leak limits

GHGSat Claire satellite data

Under the guise of cutting "burdensome and ineffective regulations" as mandated by President Trump and his administration, the US Environmental Protection Agency last week scrapped rules that had oil and gas companies monitoring methane leaks. SpaceQ queried GHGSat and Bluefield, two companies that measure emissions, for their take. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, …

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Will the Canadian Space Agency have an acting president next month?

Canada in Space

Current Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Sylvain Laporte's extended term will come to an end on September 8, 2020. With less than a month to go before his term expires, will a replacement be named before he leaves? Or will an acting president be named as has happened many times in the history of the agency? This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? …

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During the pandemic the Space Advisory Board is sidelined

ISED Minister Bains and the Space Advisory Board.

The last time we had a statement from the Space Advisory Board was March 2019 in support of the new Canadian Space Strategy. At the time, Dr. Lucy Stojak, Chair of the Board, noted in her statement that "the Board recognizes that there is more work to be done," and that "we look forward to continuing to advise, inform and support the Minister." SpaceQ has …

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What does a possible Democratic President mean for the US space program

Artist illustration of NASA's Human Landing System for the Artemis program.

The US election is just over three months away, and although a lot could happen between now and then, the Democrats will likely keep their majority in the House, could get a majority in the Senate, and win the Presidency. Would the US space program be radically changed? Would NASA's plans for the Moon change? These are some of the questions we'll try to answer. …

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