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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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Global Affairs Canada remote sensing act circular forthcoming

Northern Land Cover of Canada – Circa 2000

At the Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing, Global Affairs Canada provided an update on their review and analysis of the two independent reviews (2012, 2017) of the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act. As some of you may recall SpaceQ had an exclusive story on the second review which was published in April 2017. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven …

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Is Canada the next Five Eyes nation to sign a Technology Safeguards Agreement with the US?

Illustration of rocket launching

In mid-June the UK signed a Technology Safeguards Agreement with the US, joining New Zealand which did so in 2016. That leaves Canada and Australia as the remaining members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance to do so. SpaceQ spoke with Ken Hodgkins, formerly of the US State Department to discuss a possible Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) agreement between Canada and the US. This page …

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