Canadian Embassy Celebrates Canada's First 50 Years in Space

Canadian Embassy Celebrates Canada's First 50 Years in Space

The Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC will celebrate Canada’s first 50 years in space with a forum and reception on September 26.  Registration is required by September 21.

Canada has a rich history in space activities.  Although best known for its robotics expertise as displayed by the space shuttle’s Canadarm and the International Space Station’s Canadarm2,  it also was the first country to have a domestic geostationary communications satellite system — Anik.   Canada also is well known for its Radarsat earth remote sensing radar satellites, built by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA).   MDA recently announced plans to purchase Space Systems/Loral, a major U.S. communications satellite manufacturer.

The event on September 26 features Steve MacLean, President of the Canadian Space Agency and a former astronaut, as well as NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver.   Panels during the day-long forum will focus on the Canadian aerospace industry, current and future programs, and policy and legal issues with speakers from Canada and the United States. 

A major focus of the event, called the Canadian Space & Mining Industry Forum, is on “servicing, repurposing, and mining of space resources.”

The complete agenda is on the Embassy’s website.

Remember that registration is required by September 21.


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