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22 Sep 2018

How can Canada benefit from civilian space travel?

It’s bound to happen.

A business man boards a rocket to travel across the world in a matter of hours. An artist books a zero g flight to shoot a music video. A middle manager saves up her vacation money to see the curvature of the Earth. At some point in the very near future, regular citizens will begin to travel in space for pleasure and business. This will create new business, ideas, technologies, and public opinions about who we are as a people.

Once space travel is open to the average person, we will see incredible change in our society. Canada needs to have a role to play in this new frontier. It’s not quite clear what that is yet. If we want to be a part of this future, we need to start planning for it.

This November, the Canadian Space Society will be holding it’s annual summit. This is the exact forum for this sort of discussion. I will be moderating a panel about this very topic at the summit. Some of the questions I hope to answer are:

  • How does Canada’s international role change with public access to space?
  • How does Canada bridge the gap between today and our desired future?
  • What expectations do Canadian youth have of space professionals to bring about this change?

What role do you see Canada playing?

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