Hanging By A Thread – Saving the Canadian Space Program

This mosaic depicts the International Space Station pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab that took place following its undocking from the Harmony module’s space-facing port on Nov. 8, 2021. Credit: NASA.

In this episode of the Terranauts podcast we pause our ongoing history of NASA’s early spaceflight program and for the next two episodes focus on an important but largely unknown Canadian historical event, one that could have devastated the space program.

When last we left Mac Evans (in an episode called The Flag Is A One) – he was in the mission control centre of the Canadian Telecommunications Satellite (CTS), having just rescued it from an untimely demise. This was important because CTS was the first modern telecommunications satellite and set the pattern for 20 years of satellite development. It was an important Canadian contribution to the humanity’s journey off the planet.  

Today we are going to talk about a different kind of last minute rescue. Today the rescue involves not just a satellite, but, in effect, a whole national space program.

About Iain Christie

Founder and CEO at SideKickSixtyFive Consulting and host of the Terranauts podcast. Iain is a seasoned business executive with deep understanding of the space business and government procurement policy. Iain worked for 22 years at Neptec including as CEO. He was a VP at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, is a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab and a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management.

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