Canada’s future in space, in jeopardy
Ottawa, ON…CATAAlliance (www.cata.ca), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, has called on all federal parties to add a long-term, fully-funded space strategy for Canada as part of their election platforms.
CATA CEO, John Reid said, “ Canada has moved from an 8th place ranking in Space spending in 1992 (as a share of GDP) to an 18th place ranking today, thus we are losing out on the development and sale of space technologies, or missing out on one of the cores to Canada’s future innovation eco-system and competitiveness. That downward spiral will accelerate unless we take strong actions to reverse the trend, by developing a long-term, fully-funded space strategy for Canada.”
He added, “ Also at risk is the potential role that Canada could play in the upcoming flagship Lunar Gateway. ”
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The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is a proposal for a lunar-orbit space station intended to serve as an all-in-one solar-powered communications hub, science laboratory, short-term habitation module, and holding area for rovers and other robots.
Benefits of Canadian Space Leadership
Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA, a Maxar company, concluded, “ We ask all parties to embrace Space investment in their election platforms because it will bring us much closer to having a system of innovation in which government, universities and the private sector work more closely together to move from invention to commercially viable solutions. Investing in space pays major dividends to Canadians in advancements in science and technology, delivering economic and social benefits, and adding to our stature and ranking as a competitive innovation nation.”
The Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), Canada’s One Voice for Innovation Lobby Group, crowdsources ideas and guidance from thousands of opt in members in moderated social networks in Canada and key global markets. Supported by evidence-based research, CATAAlliance then mobilizes the community behind public policy recommendations designed to boost Canada’s innovation and competitiveness success.
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