Tag Archives: Department of National Defence

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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2021 pre-budget consultations resume

Canadian Space Agency planned spending 2021-22

This past August the Liberal government prorogued parliament ostensibly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they were was also trying to get the WE Charity controversy behind them, without much luck. A consequence of parliament's prorogation was a delay in the 2021 pre-budget consultations. After much politicking, the consultations began again this week. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven …

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Telesat’s DARPA Blackjack contract could be significant

DARPA’s Blackjack program artist illustration of global high-speed network in low Earth orbit (LEO)

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has once again partnered with Telesat's subsidiary, Telesat U.S. Services, as part of its Blackjack program. DARPA is part of a large group of organizations looking to see what capabilities Telesat's low Earth orbit (LEO) constellation and LEO technologies might offer them. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. Fact-driven space news, columns, …

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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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Kepler wants to build a second constellation of 360 satellites for broadband services

Kepler Director of Space Systems, Jared Bottoms, and his team preparing to send two GEN1 satellites to Exolaunch for integration as part of their IoT constellation

Toronto based Kepler Communications isn't content with just its original constellation of 140 Internet of Things (IoT) low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. It's filled applications with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for another larger constellation of 360 satellites that would offer a variety of broadband services. Those services could also be used by the military in …

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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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DND releases Surveillance of Space 2 GBO RFI summary

Alliance Rationales & Roadblocks: A U.S. - Canada Space Study

The Department of National Defence has released a summary of feedback and outcomes update as part of the industry engagement process for the Surveillance of Space 2 Ground Based Optical (GBO) Segment request for information and letter of interest. The solicitation for the Surveillance of Space 2 GBO RFI closes on September 3, 2020. This page is for subscribers only. Already a subscriber? Log in. …

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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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