Author Topic: Reaching Higher: Canada's Interests and Future in Space (The Emerson Report)  (Read 2091 times)

Offline robertross

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Well, Canada has put out it's own report on how it sees its future in the aerospace & space.

Link (for the aerospace report - the space report is attached):
http://aerospacereview.ca/eic/site/060.nsf/eng/h_00003.html


There was also a radio show on this topic by CBC's 'The Current' by Anna Maria Tremonti today. Interviewed were Kevin Shortt from Canadian Space Society, speaking from the German Aerospace Center, and the President/CEO of Neptec: Iain Christie (who also was on one of the working groups) - he gave a great bunch of examples & made some thought provoking statements.
http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/episode/2013/02/06/is-canadas-space-program-in-jeopardy/
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Thanks, Robert.

Here is a direct link to the audio file:

http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/popupaudio.html?clipIds=2332558828
http://www.cbc.ca/player/AudioMobile/The%2BCurrent/ID/2332558828/

See also this article on the Emerson report:
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/29/canadas-space-industry-without-a-direction-or-funding-government-report/

See also these paragraphs from the executive summary on page 2 of the Emerson Report (bold are mine):

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Space has been important to Canada over the last half century, but not nearly as important as it will be over the next half century. Simply put, it will be an essential tool of nationhood for a country that aspires to provide long-term prosperity and security to its people, protect its natural environment, and discharge its international responsibilities.

The question is not whether Canada should be in space, but how public policies and programs can ensure that its presence there, and related activities on the ground, best serve the public interest and help the space sector thrive. Fundamental to reaching these objectives is a Canadian Space Program characterized by considered and explicit priorities that are implemented through sound governance, solid management plans, modern procurement practices, and greater emphasis on technological and commercial development. Although increased investment in space infrastructure and services may eventually be required, all the elements described above can be achieved in a fiscally neutral way. There is no reason for equivocation or delay.
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The Canadian budget was announced yesterday and the government said that it was still studying how it will implement the recommendations of the Emerson report:
http://spaceref.ca/government-of-canada/canadian-budget.html

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Here is the Canadian government's preliminary answer to the Emerson Report:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1617514

The most important parts of the press release are the following:
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Specifically, the Government of Canada will be taking action to respond to the Emerson report by:

-doubling current support for the Space Technologies Development Program;
-establishing a space advisory board composed of industry leaders and chaired by General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA);
-ensuring new space procurements are consistent with government priorities, in keeping with Tom Jenkins' 2012 report on leveraging military procurement;
-continuing to address the industry's market access and skills development challenges; and
-examining opportunities for the private sector to support the CSA's activities.

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[Emerson] Recommendation 4: The Canadian Space Agency's core funding be stabilized, in real dollar terms, for a 10-year period; major space projects and initiatives be funded from multiple sources, both within and beyond the federal government; and increased international cooperation be pursued as a way of sharing the costs and rewards of major space projects and initiatives.

[Answer:] The CSA's total funding will remain unchanged and at current levels. [...]

P.S. For a summary of the Emerson report, see this article from last year:
http://www.space.com/18715-canadian-space-agency-future-plans.html
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The answer to Recommendation 8 is a cop out:

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[Emerson] Recommendation 8: Where costs are modest and there is no risk to public safety, the government create conditions conducive to the expansion of space-related commercial activity.

[Answer:] The Government of Canada is taking steps to provide opportunities for the space industry to grow through trade promotion, such as the Canada–European Union trade agreement, and workforce and skills development measures.

Although to be fair, the press release also says this:

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Specifically, the Government of Canada will be taking action to respond to the Emerson report by: [...]
-examining opportunities for the private sector to support the CSA's activities.
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