On March 13, 2013, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield became the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station. It was an important day for Canada, for the CSA, and for the 53-year old space veteran who’s been training for this moment since he was 14 years old.
“The ISS is an orbiting research vessel of unprecedented capability, and Canada is in the thick of it,” explained Hadfield in his official statement as commander, “… the 130 experiments currently on the ISS are pushing back the edge of what is possible.”
by Theras Wood If a future civilization were to begin flipping through our history (e)books, how would they interpret our society’s treatment of the Earth? Would they regard us with scorn? Perhaps they’d laud us for our stalwart self-interest.
Making money in the commercial space industry isn’t new, and it isn’t just about building new spaceships and asteroid mining. It can be about discovering new and better ways to use technologies developed for space. Read more.
On June 11th, Lean Startup Vancouver (in conjunction with Vancouver Tech Co-Founders and Internet Masterminds) hosted Lean Crossroad – an event that focused on startups, the internet, and entrepreneurship. Read more.
When Hurricane Irene began bearing down on the mid-Atlantic United States late last August, thousands of coastal residents heeded warnings and headed west, filling hotels and motels along Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to capacity. Read more.
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This Saturday April 21, Vancouver’s H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will play host to ‘Earth in HD’ — an evening with UrtheCast President Scott Larson, who will present UrtheCast’s plan to offer the first high-definition (HD) video of Earth from the International Space Station (ISS).
Imagine having the opportunity to view a tropical storm in near-realtime, or being able to witness crowds of people celebrating their country’s Olympic victory from across the globe.
Come late 2012, UrtheCast plans to make all this possible, and more. Read more.
Although this statement paints a not-so-pretty picture, what became clear during yesterday’s CSCA conference was that the potential for growth is huge. So, what does the future hold? All signs point to commercialization (and public opinion) playing a major role in shaping the space industry — both in Canada and abroad.
When the U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton spoke at a recent celebration of aviator Amelia Earhart, she revealed something few people know — that she dreamed of becoming the first female astronaut in space.
A young Hilary even went so far as to send a letter to NASA stating her lofty ambitions:
. . . when I was about 13, I wrote to NASA and asked what I needed to do to try to be an astronaut. And of course, there weren’t any women astronauts, and NASA wrote me back and said there would not be any women astronauts. And I was just crestfallen. But then I realized I couldn’t see very well, and I wasn’t all that athletic, so probably – (laughter) — I wouldn’t be the first woman astronaut anyway. Read more.