...this infrastructure is in a state of crisis...
Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
The 140 companies and organizations listed in the Canadian Space Directory generated $3.44 billion CDN in revenue and employed over 8000 Canadians in 2010, according to the 2010 State of the Canadian Space Sector Report. These firms support the technologies required for weather forecasting, remote sensing, GPS systems, satellite and cable television, remote phone communication systems and even the Canadian astronaut corps.
But this infrastructure is in a state of crisis.
The December 26th, 2011 Canadian Press article “Canadian Astronauts could be grounded for years after next mission” reports that “Canadian astronauts could be stuck on the ground for years following Chris Hadfield’s space mission scheduled for 2012.” The December 15th, 2011 Ottawa Business Journal article “Lost in Space” raises concerns over whether Canadian developed planetary rover technology will remain viable after government funding expires in spring 2012 and even the Canadian Astronomical Society is distributing an online petition opposing the expected and dramatic decrease in funding for space based astronomy programs.
What must be done to support and grow this disparate group of private and public organizations, capabilities and supporting infrastructure? The first step is to attend and contribute to the 2012 Canadian Space Commerce Association national conference.
Over a dozen expert Canadian and international speakers will discuss current and future opportunities and how to protect and support the private and public organizations which together compose the critical Canadian space infrastructure.
Commercial SpaceFlight Federation Executive Director Alex Saltmann
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada VP Maryse Harvey and/or CEO Jim Quick
International Astronautical Federation Executive Director Dr. Christian Feichtinger
Canadian Space Agency Head of Research and Analysis, Policy and External Relations Joan Harvey
2012 Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute President (and ComDev International VP of Government Relations) Ron Holdway
University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies Space Flight Laboratory Project Manager Grant Bonin
Canadian Space Society President Kevin Shortt
NSERC/MDA/CSA Industrial Research Chair in Planetary Geology at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Gordon Osinski
Apogee Books owner (and Canadian Air and Space Museum Director) Robert Godwin
UrtheCast President Scott Larson
Arjae Spectral CEO Dr. Arsen Hajian
Canadian Satellite and Design Challenge Director Larry Reeves
Heenan Blaikie LLP Export Controls Lawyer Michael Woods
The event will also include a late afternoon panel discussion on “Our Critical Canadian Space Infrastructure” with acknowledged industry and government experts outlining the current situation, defining the specific problems that makes this a crisis and offering useful and innovative solutions PLUS several "Start-Up LiftOff" presentations where speakers for start-up commercial space ventures will make a high energy five minute presentation in a format modeled after the O’Reilly’s Ignite Talks.
To register for this important event, please go to http://spacecommerce.ca/events/2012-csca-conference-and-agm.
# # #