Thursday, February 08, 2018

That CBC Story About Canada's Lack of a Rocket Program

         By Henry Stewart

Commercial Space blog editor Chuck Black was in downtown Toronto on Wednesday morning, February 8th, 2018 with several other guests on the set of CBC Radio's The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti to contribute to a discussion on our "Failure to launch: Canada's lack of a rocket program leaves us grounded, say experts."

According to The Current, "while a Canadian, Andrew Rader, was the mission manager of SpaceX's success, Canada itself does not currently have a rocket launch initiative." Screenshot c/o CBC Radio. 
As outlined in the accompanying article on the CBC Radio website, "the world could be blasting off into a new era of space exploration, but Canada's lack of a rocket launch program could leave us kicking our heels on Earth."

Black's presentation, including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) studies cited in his interview, were referenced from his April 22nd, 2016 post, "2009 Canadian Space Agency Report on Indigenous Canadian Launcher said "Yes!" But CSA Didn't Move Forward."

The segment also included contributions from the Jason Davis, the digital editor of the Pasadena, CA based Planetary Society, retired Col. Andre Dupuis, the former director of space requirements for the Department of National Defence (DND) and Jeremy Wang, a former member of the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT).

It's compelling listening, especially when Jeremy Wang mentions that anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of his colleagues from university will likely need to leave the country upon graduation in order to pursue their careers.

The full nineteen minute and twenty-one second segment is available on the CBC Radio website.

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

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