Marc Boucher: February 2012 Archives

Canadian Space AgencyCanada Commits to the International Space Station Beyond 2015, SpaceRef Canada

"The government announced today that Canada intends to renew its commitment to the International Space Station(ISS) beyond 2015. Minister of Industry Christian Paradis made the announcement in Quebec City where the ISS Heads of Agency meeting is currently taking place. The news was expected but it took some time for Canada to commit, making it the last of the other participating nations to do so."

In other news from Canada this week:

Canadian Space Agency Budget Estimates Before Budget Cuts Released, SpaceRef Canada

"According to Treasury Board of Canada Main Estimates for 2012-13 released yesterday the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is estimated to see its budget reduced from $424.6 million from 2011-12 to $363.2 million representing a 16.9% decrease in its budget. The CSA budget was already scheduled to be reduced to $371.1 million, a decrease of 14.4% according to the CSA Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-12 estimates released last year."

NASA stealth meetingQuebec City to Host Space Agency Leaders This Week, SpaceRef Canada

"Starting today Quebec City is hosting approximately 80 delegates for the International Space Agency Heads of Agency meeting. Attending will be representatives from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) along with the hosts the Canadian Space Agency."

Marc's note: The Canadian Space Agency plans to issue a release for the event but this event has already started. It should be noted however that it is traditional for the ISS Head of Agency meeting to take place in March each year. However there usually is some heads up.

Future Lunar Bases - Space Quarterly Magazine PreviewThe following excerpt is a free preview from the March issue of Space Quarterly magazine. This article is only available in the U.S. edition of the magazine.

Future Lunar Bases, Why, Where, and How By Dennis Wingo

Lunar bases and their location is a subject that has been discussed and argued about for decades, without any real consensus, because each interest group is driven to a different area. Some think little of the Moon and see it as nothing more than a distraction on the way to Mars. The thesis of this article is that not only is the Moon vitally important for developing a sustainable infrastructure to support the eventual settlement of Mars, it is vitally important for the overall future of mankind and for the economic development of the solar system. It is far beyond time for our community to make this intellectual commitment and then develop our thoughts and plans from there. In order for mankind to prosper on the Earth in the long term, the resources of our solar system, beginning at the Moon, are crucial, and it is time to quit apologizing for this stance. To provide structure three general regions of interest will be discussed, based upon utility, cost, and long-term viability.

Col. Coyote SmithThe following interview excerpt with Colonel Coyote Smith, USAF, is a free preview from the March issue of Space Quarterly magazine. This interview is only available in the U.S. edition of the magazine.

An Interview with Coyote Smith - By Emmet Cole

Colonel M.V. "Coyote" Smith, the United States Air Force's (USAF) "chief futurist" and Director of the USAF Center for Strategy and Technology (Project Blue Horizons) at Maxwell Air Force Base, AL recently sat down with Space Quarterly's Emmet Cole to talk about everything from the rise of the Chinese space program through the commercialization of space, the singularity and robotically-constructed lunar bases. Colonel Smith also serves as Professor of Strategic Space Studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and as associate director of the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies at the USAF Academy.

Next Issue of Space Quarterly Magazine Set to be Released, SpaceRef

"The latest edition of Space Quarterly magazine will be available March 1. This issue is our biggest effort to date with 17 articles, 84 pages, covering a wide range of topics including a focus on military space and the moon."

Marc's note: The covers for both the U.S. and Canadian editions are available. Can you spot the one graphical element in each cover that's different? And can you identify it? Subscribe here.


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