Canada Unveils Its New Space Strategy

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Canada has recently unveiled its new national space strategy. The program is quite ambitious, featuring artificial intelligence, a partnership with the European space agency and deep-space robotic systems.

The government also plans to adjust the regulations to grant the space industry the freedom needed to be able to advance at a faster rate.
The main highlight is represented by the decision to finance NASA’s lunar Gateway project. Canada will offer a substantial contribution which should cover 24 years. The milestone announcement made Canada the first nation which is fully involved in the Gateway project.

The country has agreed to spend $1.4 billion (or two billion Canadian dollars) on the Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway program. The primary purpose of the program is to construct a crewed facility which will float in orbit around the moon. While the program is seen as a pivotal part of the strategy, the space strategy also focuses on Canadian contributions.

Canada Unveils Its New Space Strategy

One of the secondary projects aims to build an advanced robotic array named Canadarm3. The system will be able to repair and maintain the Gateway in the long run. The Canadian government is also interested in the potential offered by artificial intelligence. In order to explore possible advantages, the government has decided to spend 125 million Canadian dollars on AI innovation, a plan that should transform the country into an AI powerhouse.

Another 150 million Canadian dollars will be granted for a five-year Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program which should be able to help small and medium-sized enterprises to develop interesting technologies which could be used to advance several domains, including robotics, artificial intelligence, and health.

The Canadian Space Agency plans to send three probes into space in May. Official documents infer that the spaceships could be a new type of Earth-observation satellites, but the details are quite scarce. A partnership with the European Space Agency has the potential to help Canadian companies and researchers which will be able to access a high amount of data. More details will be provided in the future.


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