The Lord Elgin Hotel in downtown Ottawa bills itself as one of the "nicest Ottawa hotels" with a location "directly across from Confederation Park and the National Arts Centre" which puts it steps away from the Rideau Canal, the Federal Parliament Buildings and the Rideau Centre."
|Entrance to the Lord Elgin Hotel|
- "Multi-sized rovers could be Canada's Future in Space" according to Tom Spears in his November 20th 2010 Post Media News article of the same name. The article quotes Jean-Claude Piedboeuf, head of exploration planning at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), who laid out a variety of goals for Canada in his Saturday presentation. The article also quotes Canadian Space Society (CSS) president Kevin Shortt as stating that real progress at the CSA is dependent on the development of a long term commitment from the Canadian government to fund future space activities. According to Shortt, no company wants to start the long, expensive job of designing new Mars rovers and find out later that the government wants satellites instead.
- Others think that "Space may be first frontier for the next major conflict" according to Canadian Press author Peter Rakobowchuk in his November 20th, 2010 article. Colonel Andre Dupuis, the Director of Space Development for the Canadian Forces (CF) is quoted as stating that "the first line in the sand for the next major conflict may very well be in space or cyberspace, but probably not on the ground or in the air or in the sea." Also quoted is Dr. James Fergusson, the director of Canada’s Centre for Defence and Security Studies who stated that the public really doesn’t care much about what’s going on in space which makes policy development difficult. An updated (although not substantially changed) Canadian space defense policy is expected to be released by the federal government next March.
- Elizabeth Howell, over on the PARS3C blog focused on casual and informal conversations at the National Space Awareness Workshop, a biannual event put on by the Canadian Alumni of the International Space University and held in conjunction with the space summit. Her November 22nd, 2010 article "Telesat, COM DEV ready to diversify their revenue" quotes Telesat VP of Sales Paul Bush as stating that an IPO was “always in the plans” for Telesat. According to the article "the number of dollars the Canadian Space Agency has available to dole out contracts will decrease."
- Neptec Design Group CEO Ian Christie took some time out of his busy schedule to attend the Saturday evening Summit banquet to speak of his past experiences with the US space shuttle program. But he also runs a business and spent the early part of the week finalizing a new CSA contract, according to the November 23rd, 2010 Ottawa Business Journal article "Neptec wins 11.5M to test lunar rover with stimulus funding." According to the article, the project will include contributions from Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd., COM DEV Canada, McGill University, the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology and NGC Aerospace.
The Sunday sessions, focused on Earth orbit, life sciences, astronomy, commercialization, law and policy will be the subject of my next post.