The Canadian Space Program — Past, Present, and Future (A history of the development of space policy in Canada)

Publication: Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal
March 2004


This paper describes the development and evolution of the government's space policies that have guided the very successful Canadian Space Program for more than 40 years. The paper traces those national and international events that have had significant impact on Canadian space policies and shows how these policies have led to most of our major space activities. The underlying thesis of this paper is that these policies have been fundamental to the technological and operational success of our national space program for more than four decades.


Ce document décrit l'élaboration et l'évolution des politiques spatiales du gouvernement qui guident depuis plus de 40 ans le Programme spatial canadien, dont les réussites ne se comptent plus. Il fait l'historique des événements nationaux et internationaux qui ont influé sur les politiques spatiales canadiennes et montre comment ces politiques ont mené à la plupart de nos activités spatiales d'envergure. Selon la thèse à la base de ce document, le succès technologique et opérationnel que connaît notre programme spatial national depuis plus de quatre décennies est attribuable à ces politiques.

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cover image Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal
Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal
Volume 50Number 1March 2004
Pages: 19 - 31


Version of record online: 18 March 2011



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