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Steve MacLean Announces Plans to Leave the Canadian Space Agency

Longueuil, Quebec, January 15, 2013 – The President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Dr. Steve MacLean has announced his plans to leave the Agency on February 1 to assume a position in a new venture to be created by Mike Lazaridis. Dr. MacLean has been serving as President of the CSA since 2008.

During his tenure as President, he was devoted as an accomplished physicist, astronaut and administrator to advancing the Canadian Space Program.

In his new position with Mr. Lazaridis, Dr. MacLean will be leading a team pursuing breakthrough scientific Research and Development in the highly specialized field of Quantum Physics.

One of the original-six Canadian astronauts, Dr. MacLean joined the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983. He has completed two highly successful missions in space, before assuming responsibility as President of the Canadian Space Agency.


http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/media/news_releases/2013/0115.asp
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Canadian Space Agency head Steve MacLean to step down

Former astronaut to pursue research in quantum physics

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 15, 2013 6:37 PM ET

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The Canadian Space Agency says president Steve MacLean is stepping down.

MacLean has announced plans to leave on Feb. 1 to assume a position in a new venture to be created by Mike Lazaridis.

"During his tenure as president, he was devoted as an accomplished physicist, astronaut and administrator to advancing the Canadian Space Program," the agency said of MacLean in a statement.
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One of the original six Canadian astronauts, MacLean joined the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983.

The accomplished physicist flew on the space shuttle Columbia as a payload specialist in 1992.


read more here:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/01/15/canadian-space-agency-steve-maclean-steps-down-perimeter-institute.html
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All the best to you Mr. MacLean!
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Good luck Dr. MacLean.

Chris Hadfield for CSA President! ;)
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This might deserve a stand-alone thread, but it includes Steve MacLean, and could be considered worrisome for Canada/CSA

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/17/f-vp-weston-canadian-space-agency.html

"Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s mesmerizing reality show of floating around the International Space Station on his six-month voyage in orbit belies a Canadian space program that is losing its leader and spiralling towards its own Code Red."

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"How acrimonious is the parting, no one is saying. But one of Canada’s first astronauts and arguably a national hero after 29 years in the space program, MacLean is leaving in total silence – not a public word to the media or anyone else."

with an additiona: "The Harper government is expected to use the change in management to bring sweeping changes to the national space agency, Canada’s equivalent of NASA."
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Steve MacLean in The Great Escape. :D

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This might deserve a stand-alone thread, but it includes Steve MacLean, and could be considered worrisome for Canada/CSA

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/01/17/f-vp-weston-canadian-space-agency.html

I am not sure what the Conservatives have in mind in their reform of the CSA but part of it sounds good:

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The Harper government hopes that revamping the space program will put more resources into helping private industry compete and less into sustaining bureaucracy.

The use of a fixed price contract for Radarsat also seems like a good idea.
« Last Edit: 01/19/2013 12:40 PM by yg1968 »

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I think Canada should try to parlay their North American security integration into greater access to the US launch market, including military launch market. That would enable a Canadian launch company to have a sustainable business, while perhaps bringing its own unique offerings and capabilities to the table. The Canadian domestic market is not large enough to sustain a private launch company - only the US has a large enough market.
« Last Edit: 01/22/2013 11:10 PM by sanman »

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