Looking Up: A Report on the State of Canada’s Space Sector

Looking Up: A Report on the State of Canada’s Space Sector

Prepared by: David Macdonald

Date: 5 May 2009

Key Findings:

  • Generally, analysts, industry leaders and experts are cautiously optimistic about the state of the space sector in Canada, given the increased focus of the federal government on space over the past year.
  • The $110 million increase in funding for the Canadian Space Agency in Budget 2009 is positive, but the new spending does not alter long-term funding concerns.
  • The space sector may be affected by the economic downturn, although prospects for 2009 are generally favourable.
  • Anticipation is high for the forthcoming CSA strategic plan.
  • Industry tends to support a continued “niche” approach to space technology, while others favour more high-profile projects.
  • Some stakeholders still see the need for an overarching space policy, although it may be out of reach for the moment.

Reference:

Macdonald, David. Looking Up: A Report on the State of Canada’s Space Sector. Secure World Foundation and the Rideau Institute, May 2009.

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