Space Quarterly Preview: Moon, Mars or Bust, Canada's Space Sector at a Crossroads Again

The following is an excerpt from an article that appears in the next issue of Space Quarterly Magazine to be released on December 1. Following the excerpt is the table of contents for both the Canadian and U.S. editions.
Moon, Mars or Bust, Canada’s Space Sector at a Crossroads Again
A little over three years ago Jim Prentice, then the Minister of Industry, named Dr. Steve MacLean President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The day after announcing MacLean as President he made the following statement as part of speech on Canadian Space Policy;


“I have given Steve a mandate to make sweeping changes at the CSA. As we stand at this crossroads, he will revitalize the Agency. He will restore its ability to punch above its weight in an international quest. He will develop Canada’s capacity for a new era of prestige and achievement.”
“And to that end, as one of Steve MacLean’s first acts as new President, the CSA will begin consultations with stakeholders that will lead to a new Long-Term Space Plan. I expect this plan — the fourth in the series — to be as influential for our generation of exploration and development as any plan that Canada has produced for charting our future in space. That’s a tall order. I know that Steve is capable of bringing together the stakeholders. Time is of the essence, and I look forward to the plan in the coming months.”
Three years later and in recent speeches MacLean has been saying Canada is at a “crossroads” with increasing frequency. And the Long Term Space Plan that MacLean was tasked to put together? It sits in a government office, swept under the rug not having seen the light of day. So how did we get to this point? Why is Canada at another crossroads? What is the future of Canada’s space sector?

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Space Quarterly Magazine – Volume 1, Number 2 December 2011 Table of Contents
Canadian Edition Content
– Editor’s Letter
– Calendar
– Leaders: An Interview with Joe Fuller, CEO of Futron
– Canadian Briefs – Looking Beyond Stimulus Funding
– NEOSSat – The Micro-Surveillance Satellite
– COM DEV Implements ExactEarth
– Moon, Mars or Bust, Canada’s Space Sector at a Crossroads
– Dueling Elephants: Webb Space Telescope and the Space Launch System
– Inspiring the Next Generation of Space Explorers
– Belated Boom: Suborbital Research and Tourism – Surviving Liftoff
– Canada’s Fledgling Rover Program is Facing a Rocky Future
– Where is U.S. Space Policy Headed?
– China Rising – Peaceful Development of a Responsible Stakeholder
– India’s Space Program Matures
– The 100 Year Starship Project: It Takes a Planet
– In the Next Issue
U.S. Edition Content
– Editor’s Letter
– Calendar
– Leaders: An Interview with Joe Fuller, CEO of Futron
– Crunch Time for COTS
– The Future of the Space Coast
– Boeing and SpaceX – Efforts to Forge Commercial Crew Transports
– Where is U.S. Space Policy Headed?
– Congress, the White House and Consensus: A Giant Leap Too Far
– Dueling Elephants: Webb Space Telescope and the Space Launch System
– Belated Boom: Suborbital Research and Tourism – Surviving Liftoff
– The Space Launch System and its Controversial Role in Exploration
– A Battle Looms for Control of Japan’s Space Program
– China Rising – Peaceful Development of a Responsible Stakeholder
– India’s Space Program Matures
– The 100 Year Starship Project: It Takes a Planet
– In the Next Issue

About Marc Boucher

Marc Boucher
Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceRef Canada Interactive Inc, CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef U.S., advisor and co-founder of the Canadian Space Commerce Association, and director and co-founder of MaxQ Accelerator Inc. Previously he was the founder of Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine which he sold.

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