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Senior cabinet shuffle sees three ministers with key space responsibilities moved

The Honourable Navdeep Bains stands in front of the Canadarm2 Latching End Effector spare that will launch to the ISS in 2018.

Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Minister Navdeep Bains has left the Liberal cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The resignation required a shuffle of senior ministers and sees Marc Garneau moving from Transport to Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne moving from Foreign Affairs to ISED and Omar Alghabra, new to cabinet, takes over Transport. It's billed as a small cabinet shuffle of senior Liberal ministers. …

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Canadian Armed Forces – Space is a team sport

File photo: Artists rendering of the Sapphire satellite

The last decade has witnessed a steady and progressive realization that space is no longer a sanctuary, but it was during this time that space capability has become a foundation for our very way of life. In the past, governments had freedom of action in space, the safety and security challenges were relatively benign, and the number of actors limited. Today none of these assertions …

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First Canadian space regulatory reform guides coming shortly

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

In 2017 the second independent review of the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act (RSSA) was published. The report outlined its findings and recommendations providing a path forward to modernizing the RSSSA. Now, almost four years later, SpaceQ has learned that the first two space regulatory reform guides are set to be published, likely this month. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log …

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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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White House unveils new National Space Policy

Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the National Space Council, reads a portion of the new National Space Policy

At the 8th and final National Space Council meeting of the Trump Administration, Vice-President Mike Pence used the occasion to unveil a new National Space Policy and provided Council members who are likely leaving an opportunity to make unscripted remarks. Outgoing NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine also unveiled the first 18 astronauts selected to go back to the Moon. There is a lot to unpack from …

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NASA, ESA Lunar Gateway MOU outlines Articles applicable to all participants including Canada

NASA artist illustration of Lunar Gateway

SpaceQ has obtained a copy of the Cooperation on the Civil Lunar Gateway Memorandum of Understanding between NASA and the European Space Agency. The document, received through a NASA Freedom of Information Act request, outlines 23 Articles and includes details relevant to Canada's participation. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, business, policy, technology and more. Support …

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Marcia Smith on U.S. space policy after the election

SpaceX Crew Dragon

The U.S. election has left the public with many questions, including when or if President Trump will concede. The Democrats won the House of Representatives as expected, but lost seats. The fate of the Senate rests upon two run-off elections in Georgia scheduled for January 5th. Some members of House and Senate committee’s on space lost their elections. So what does this mean for space …

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