Space Strategy on Pause and an Update on Astronaut David Saint-Jacques’ Flight

In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 58 crew member David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency runs through his procedures Nov. 20 aboard his Soyuz spacecraft during a vehicle fit check. Saint-Jacques, Anne McClain of NASA and Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos will launch Dec. 3 on the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov.

In this weeks SpaceQ podcast I speak with freelance journalist Elizabeth Howell about last weeks Canadian Aerospace Summit and on David Saint-Jacques’ upcoming mission to the International Space Station.

Elizabeth is a contributor to SpaceQ along with writing for several other publications. She’s also a journalism instructor at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and La Cite collégiale.

Elizabeth will be heading to the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan next week to cover the launch of Expedition 58 to the International Space Station. Onboard will be Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques who will be on a six month mission. That’s one of the topics we’ll discuss this week.

We also discus last weeks Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa that featured prominent cabinet ministers including Transportation Minister Marc Garneau and ISED Minister Navdeep Bains. Also at the summit, and key to what did or didn’t transpire, was NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine.

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About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactice Inc. Boucher has 18 years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 25 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.