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The Universe Needs More Canada2018-12-17T20:41:08+00:00

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THE UNIVERSE NEEDS MORE CANADA

In Canada, we celebrate our differences, embrace our vibrant cultural mosaic, and try to take care of each other.

And we’re (usually) pretty low key about our achievements. But, did you know Canada was the 3rd country in space, the 1st to have a satellite telecommunications system, and 1st to have an operational and commercially-focused radar remote sensing system? And today, thanks to that 60-year legacy, Canada is a world leader in satellite communications, Earth observation, space robotics (go Canadarm!), space science, optics and sensors. Since 1983, 14 Canadians have been selected to become astronauts (and our astronauts are the coolest).

SO NOT TO BRAG, BUT LET’S KEEP THE EH
IN SPACE, EH?

#DONTLETGOCANADA

“Designing, manufacturing, and controlling satellites and participating in space exploration and science missions make nations richer, safer, smarter, and better-respected. These activities fire the imagination, instill pride, save lives, and enhance quality of life…”

— from Reaching Higher: Canada’s Interests and Future in Space

Canada’s space sector includes some of our most innovative companies, universities and research institutions and employs our brightest minds, creating…

  • $5.5 billion (revenue)
  • 10,000 direct jobs — 41% with university degrees
  • 22,000 indirect jobs
  • $2.3 billion (contribution to GDP)

Many of the advances that Canadians take for granted have come from space research and technology.

Space now touches the lives of Canadians 20 to 30 times a day — from weather predictions, to monitoring climate change, to using an ATM, to checking a map on a smartphone, to downloading movies, to ground and air traffic management.

Tomorrow’s advances — autonomous cars, smart cities, advanced autonomous AI and robotics for manufacturing and even remote surgery – will be propelled by space science and technology.

A group of concerned Canadians representing industry, academia and the space enthusiast community are gathering to ask the Canadian government to secure Canada’s place in space by putting forward a funded space strategy. If you share this view, we hope you join us online and in real life as we work to secure our place in space.

IF YOU SHARE THIS VIEW, WE HOPE YOU JOIN US ONLINE AND IN REAL LIFE AS WE WORK TO SECURE OUR PLACE IN SPACE.

Join the cause

WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE, CANADA CAN’T AFFORD TO LET GO.

THERE IS
A LOT AT
STAKE

While other countries have been increasing their investments in space, Canada has fallen from 8th place in 1992 to 18th place (% of GDP), and hasn’t had a long-term plan to guide Canada’s investments for decades.

The economic stakes of space participation are higher than ever. The global space market is worth over USD $380B today; analysts forecast it will grow to be a multi-trillion-dollar market in coming decades.

Ambitious governments are staking their claims. Luxembourg plans to be the leading country in space mining; the UK aims to capture 10 percent of the global space market by 2030.

WITH SO MUCH ON THE LINE, CANADA CAN’T AFFORD TO LET GO.

IT’S DECISION TIME

We need a funded long-term Canadian Space Strategy to guide our way forward, and we need it now, because decisions need to be made. The most pressing? Whether to participate, or not, in the Lunar Gateway Mission. If Canada does not step forward soon, another country will seize the opportunity.

The Lunar Gateway Mission

International space exploration partners, including the US, Europe, and Japan, are planning a return to the Moon in the 2020s with a small space station, the Lunar Gateway, that will orbit the Moon and be a base for lunar surface exploration, a science lab, a communications hub and a staging platform to explore deeper space.

The international community expects Canada to provide advanced robotics for the Lunar Gateway – a third generation Canadarm – but so far, no commitment has been made.

The International Space Station is 400 kilometres away, the Gateway is 400,000, so the next Canadarm will need to be a huge leap forward in robotics and AI technology. Canada’s best and brightest minds will need to be mobilized to design and build it, pushing the limits of science, technology, engineering and math — areas key to our success in the knowledge-based economy.

Canada’s commitment to provide robotics would open the door for our astronauts to participate in future space missions and, potentially, to further contributions like lunar surface rovers and space medicine technologies.

Join the growing list of organizations that support keeping Canada in space by sending your logo to info@dontletgocanada.ca. Your logo will appear here and in ads where the logos of all supporters are present.