That's why we have organizations like the International Astronautical Federation which just finished up their 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAS 2010) through the Czech Space Office of the Czech Republic.
Here are a couple of quick Canadian focused commercial space news stories percolating about and among the IAC 2010 attendees:
- According to the September 30, 2010 Aviation Week article titled "Cost Cutting Cited In Dextre Commissioning Delay," the final checkout of Canada’s robotic special purpose dexterous manipulator (SPDM), also known as DEXTRE, has been delayed because of a July 2010 failure when DEXTRE simply didn't have the capability to remove a failed power controller on the International Space Station (ISS). The article quotes Sarmad Aziz, a robotics flight controller at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) as stating that the initial engineering analysis was based on "low-fidelity" hardware in order to save money.
- And finally, according to the September 30th, 2010 Space News article "Common Exploration Plan will be Slow in the Making" the worlds principal space-faring nations, which have spent the past three years talking about a common exploration strategy through their activities in the International Space Exploration Coordinating Group (ISECG), seem to have very few actual activities or accomplishments they can attribute to those conversations, except perhaps for one Canadian based bright spot in the form of Gilles Leclerc, director-general for space exploration at the CSA. Leclerc is quoted in the article as crediting the ISECG with helping to shape the Canadian government’s decision to invest $100 million over three years into robotic technologies. According to the article, Leclerc also said the ISECG work on lunar exploration has helped Canada to position itself as “a niche player” in future space exploration missions.