Canadian aerospace set to boldly grow in privatized space travel
The Montreal Gazette
But Canada ultimately stands to profit, Delaney says, pointing to our track record in robotics and space technology, which will be needed as the groundwork is laid for future travel.
â€œThereâ€™s a good history here as far as developing space hardware, instrumentation,â€ he says. â€œI think youâ€™re going to see stepped-up activity from Canadian industry to contribute in a more significant way.â€
Steve Oldham, general manager of satellite missions and robotics for the B.C.-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, agrees, pointing to his companyâ€™s internationally recognized Canadarm as the best example of successful Canadian space hardware.
â€œObama has opened the door for collaboration; heâ€™s mentioned robotic exploration as being extremely important for him,â€ he says. â€œThe fact that Canada has undeniably the best heritage in that area, really, is a huge opportunity.â€
Oldham says the Canadian Space Agency needs to decide â€” and clearly spell out in its own policy â€” if it wants to be on board for the next generation of space exploration.
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