Short Cuts: CSA Student Grants, AIAC Labour Market Committee, Deep Space Industries and More

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In this week Short Cuts the new year is off on a running start with news from several companies, CSA student grants to attend to joint CSA-ESA meetings, the AIAC is creating a new Labour Market Committee and much more.

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AIAC is Looking for Labour Market Committee Members

The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) today is announced that it is looking for members for a new Labour Market Committee it is forming.

The new committee is intended to be operational by February. The chair of the committee will be Stewart Cramer, CEO of Vertex Precision Manufacturing.

Canadian CEO of Deep Space Industries Steps Aside for Start-Up Strategist CEO

Deep Space Industries (DSI) has brought in what the companies terms a “Start-Up Strategist” as their new CEO replacing Daniel Faber, the former Chief Operating Officer elevated to CEO two and half years ago.

Space Related Research Programs Receive $30 Million in CFI Major Science Initiative Funding

On Monday at the Université Laval the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced an investment of $328.5 million to 17 national research facilities at 12 universities across the country as part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) Major Science Initiative (MSI) fund including $30 million in funding for two space related research programs.

The Canadian Space Agency is Offering Student Grants to Two Joint CSA-ESA Events Being Hosted in Canada

Canada is hosting two European Space Agency (ESA) events this March as part of the 2017 ESA Earth Explorer science meetings. They include the Fourth Swarm Science Meeting & Geodetic Missions Workshop and the North American Cryosat Science Meeting. For qualified Canadian university students, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is offering grants up to $4000 to attend.

UrtheCast Signs Contract for US$3.9 Million to Provide Hardware and Engineering Services – Press Release

UrtheCast Corp. iss pleased to announce it has signed a contract to provide engineering services and space hardware for US$3.9 million.

“This contract highlights the continued success of our Engineering Services business and the market’s confidence in our capabilities and expertise in spaceborne hardware,” explained Wade Larson, UrtheCast’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “UrtheCast is proud to continue delivering sophisticated products and services that meet the market’s needs.”

C-COM and NSERC to Invest $6.1 Million Into R&D of Next Generation Intelligent Mobile Antenna Technology

C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (TSXV: CMI), the leading global provider of mobile auto-deploying satellite antenna systems, announced today that it is co-funding an Industrial Research Chair in Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems for the next Generation Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications at the University of Waterloo.

Stephen Petranek Appointed to NexOptic Board

NexOptic Technology Corp. and Spectrum Optix Inc. of Calgary, Canada and together with NexOptic, the “Companies” are pleased to announce that Mr. Stephen Petranek has joined the Board of Directors of NexOptic Technology Corp.

A widely-recognized technology futurist and award-winning author, Mr. Stephen Petranek is the former editor-in-chief of several respected scientific and financial publications. He is also Co-Executive Producer of the National Geographic mini-series “MARS”, which is based on, and inspired by, his book, “How We’ll Live on Mars,” published by Simon and Shuster and the TED Conferences. Petranek’s critically acclaimed book was partly a result of extensive conversations and interviews with Elon Musk, CEO of Space-X, and senior management and leading scientists at NASA.

The CSA Is Establishing Three New Science Advisory Committees

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is seeking candidates for three new science advisory committees. The committees will provide independent advice to the CSA on Space Utilization science priorities and provide feedback on CSA programs and initiatives.

The Terms of Reference for the committees are available at the following links:

Interested candidates must apply online to the following email address: by January 12, 2017.

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About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ 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.

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