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Wednesday, February 3 • 10:55 - 11:15
Smallsats on the International Stage: How Canada’s Space Partners are Addressing the Smallsat Revolution

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This paper will review how Canada’s space partners are embracing or challenged by smallsats in the policy arena and the implications for Canada’s approach to the smallsat revolution. Smallsats bring both benefits and stressors; capabilities balanced with regulations that are required to fully leverage smaller, cheaper, and more plentiful satellites that bring a host of new applications. The US government is leveraging the agility of smallsat development as part of ensuring resiliency in an uncertain space environment. Similarly, commercial smallsats are increasingly finding their way in the intelligence community and are set to contribute to national weather services. In an effort to corner 10% of the global space market, the UK is presented an opportunity to focus on smallsat hardware as part of its innovation strategy and space policy, with its home-grown space industry. New Zealand is set to host a smallsat launch business that will test their government’s regulatory structure and requires government oversight. Canada is presented with the same challenges and opportunities as our international partners. Lessons learned and recommendations for the Canadian government will be derived from international partners who are undertaking similar efforts.

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Ram Jakhu

Associate Professor, McGill Institute of Air and Space Law

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Charity Weeden

President, Lquinox Consulting LLC
Charity Weeden is President of Lquinox Consulting LLC and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. As the Principal Consultant for Lquinox, she brings two decades of experience as an operator, manager and diplomat for air and space applications in the Canadian Armed Forces... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 10:55 - 11:15
Champagne Ballroom 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

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