Flying High: A Plan to Rebuild Canada’s Space Capabilities

Flying High: A Plan to Rebuild Canada’s Space Capabilities

By: David Macdonald

Date: 4 June 2008

Key Findings:

There is an urgent need for Canada to take the following actions if we are to create a strong and sustainable space industry in this country:

  • Fund the RADARSAT Constellation Mission: Following the recent success of RADARSAT-2, this is a vital next step to preserve relevant technical expertise in Canada.
  • Bring in a permanent CSA president: After having three presidents in three years, the Canadian Space Agency needs stability to build its long-term vision.
  • Emphasize space in the Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy: Defence contract offsets can be directed to the space sector.
  • Negotiate stronger ITAR exemptions for Canadian companies so they can work more closely with American partners.
  • Create a Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative space commercialization project.
  • Develop a National Space Policy
  • Commit to cutting-edge missions.
  • Increase GSA funding to the G8 average.

Reference:

Macdonald, David. Flying High: A Plan to Rebuild Canada’s Space Capabilities. Canadian Auto Workers and the Rideau Institute, June 2008.

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