Veteran Public Servant Sylvain Laporte Named President of the Canadian Space Agency

In reviewing Mr. Laporte’s career since he became a senior manager at National Defence in 1996, I see a variety of public service, though no direct space experience. He does have a computer science background.

I also see he has spent no more than three years at one position since he started public service. Hopefully his management experience will help guide the Canadian Space Agency in a positive way. The agency is in the midst of yet another transformation, albeit one the public isn’t privy to.  And in a positive development, it only took the government four months this time to find someone.

Related: The Revolving Door of Canadian Space Agency Presidents.

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— Marc Boucher (@MarcKBoucher) February 27, 2015

CTV New Channel Interviews about SpaceX on January 6th and 10th

I appeared on CTV News Channel January 6th and 10th to discuss the aborted SpaceX launch on January 6th and the subsequent successful on January 10th. A SpaceX Falcon 9 launched to the International Space Station on a cargo resupply mission but failed on its first first attempt to land the Falcon 9 rocket first stage on the SpaceX Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship off the coast of Florida. The first stage ran out of hydraulic fluid shortly before reaching the ship and crashed on the edge of it.

Hill Times Aerospace Policy Briefing Includes My Thoughts

I was contacted by the Hill Times for their annual Aerospace Policy Briefing and queried for my thoughts on Canada’s space program, specifically on the governments investment and space policy.

My thoughts were included in two articles; Liberals look to be a renewed voice of space sector amid cutbacks and Canadian Space Agency study to make economic argument for space investment.

You can download a free copy of the briefing from the Hill Times website.