Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Another High Level Canadian Space Expert Relocates to the US

          By Henry Stewart

Alain Berinstain. Photo c/o Moon Express.
Another high level Canadian space policy and science expert will relocate south after having been offered a better job in a US based space company being run by another Canadian ex-patriot.

As outlined in the November 3rd, 2017 Moon Express press release, "Moon Express Welcomes Dr. Alain Berinstain, former Director of Planetary Exploration for the Canadian Space Agency, as Vice President of Global Development," ex-Canadian Space Agency (CSA) director general for space exploration, Dr. Alain Berinstain "will oversee the international growth of Moon Express business interests and lead engagements with global space agencies on science and exploration initiatives."

Berinstain brings to his new role over seventeen years of experience working for the CSA, including stints as director of planetary exploration and space astronomy, and director of science & academic development. He was laid off in 2013 as part of a Federal government purge of CSA scientists under then Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

At one time almost considered to be a protege of ex-astronaut, ex-CSA president and current Liberal transport minister Marc Garneau, Berinstain even made a failed attempt to run for Federal public office under the Liberal banner.

Later on, he seemed by some to be disappointed when the Federal Liberals wrestled power from the Conservatives in the October 2015 Federal election, but Garneau wasn't offered the industry (now innovation) portfolio which oversees the CSA.

As outlined in the March 13th, 2016 post, "Waiting for Garneau," Berinstain wasn't the only person who felt disappointed. Garneau instead took up the transport portfolio where Berinstain joined him as director of policy in December 2015.

As for his new job, Cape Canaveral, FL based Moon Express, was formed in August 2010 by Canadian-born space entrepreneur Robert D. Richards, former ex-InfoSpace CEO Naveen Jain and American entrepreneur, angel investor and computer scientist Barney Pell, to win the Google Lunar X Prize, and mine the Moon for natural resources of economic value.

For more on Moon Express, check out the June 5th, 2017 post, "Only Seven Years after Bob Richards Left Canada, His Rover is Going to the Moon."

Henry Stewart is the pseudonym of a Toronto based aerospace writer.

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