Monday, November 3, 2014

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.

My Aviation Week Commentary in the September 29, 2014 Issue

I provided Aviation Week an article for the September 29, 2014 issue which was released on the first day of the International Astronautical Congress in Toronto. In the commentary I discussed some the ramifications of the Canadian federal election next year. Here's an excerpt. You can read the full commentary on the Aviation Week website (paywall).

Canada's Next Election Could Help Boost the Space Program

"Canada’s next federal election isn’t until October 19, 2015, but the unofficial campaign is already underway as parliamentarians returned to Ottawa this month for the start of the fall session. The Conservative Party currently holds a majority in Parliament and has seen the number of its seats increase in the past three elections. The party will have been in power for nine consecutive years, its longest uninterrupted period since the late 19th century."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Orbital Antares Rocket Explodes Shortly After Launch, Shocking Onlookers

"The launch was proceeding as expected. Across the board, the Orbital team manning their stations had green lights. The weather was almost perfect. There was a sense of anticipation after seeing the launch scrubbed the day before because a boat had wandered into the range. No one could have foreseen what would happen next."
"Mere seconds into the launch the unexpected happened. As the rocket was barely several hundred feet off the ground, and having just cleared the assorted launch pad towers, an explosion rocked the bottom of the rocket. The rocket continued on a for a few seconds before it quickly fell back to Earth as gravity reasserted itself. It exploded as it neared the ground creating a huge fireball sending debris flying like missiles in all directions. No one was hurt. Next came the shock."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mars on Earth and Mars Analogs

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the science mission and rover planning session for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) CREATE 2014 ongoing two week Mars analog rover mission. It was fun and brought back some memories of my own experiences at Mars on Earth on Devon Island, home to the Haughton Crater and the Haughton-Mars Project which I was involved in for many years. It's hard to believe but its been nine years since I last went up. I'll have a story posted on Monday about the current CSA CREATE program but below are some of pictures of Mars on Earth on Devon Island. [My story on SpaceRef Canada]

From Google Maps, the Haughton Crater on Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Facebook and my Writing

Just a quick note that I've setup a new Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/author.marc.boucher, to keep those interested in the progress of my writing including my first book, Blue Expansion, which is under development.