Episodes

  • Jupiter's moon Europa appears to have a salt water ocean. This excites scientists at it opens up the possibility there may be life. The Europa Clipper mission will try to gather more evidence to substantiate the theory.

    Europa has fascinated us since Galileo discovered it in 1610. In popular science fiction, Sir Arthur C. Clarke made it the centre piece of his novel 2010: Odyssey Two which was published in 1982. Odyssey Two was a follow-up to the original and classic 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

    This weeks SpaceQ podcast is the last of our coverage from the recent international Astronautical Congress in Washington. It is plenary 6, Europa Clipper: Making a Mission to Understand Our Place in the Universe.

    Europa is slightly smaller than the Earth’s moon but scientist think it could have twice as much ocean water as the Earth! Today’s podcast will provide insight into Europa and NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. It should also be noted that the European Space Agency is also sending a mission to Europa, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission.

    It is hoped that one day we’ll send a lander to the surface of Europa.

    The panel is moderated by Dipak Srinivasan, Europa Clipper Telecommunications Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

    The panelists include:

    7:03 - Robert (Bob) Pappalardo, Europa Clipper Project Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    15:39 - Karen Kirby, Europa Clipper Deputy Project System Engineer, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

    22:12 - Jennifer Dooley, Europa Clipper Project Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

    30:19 - Thomas Magner, Manager, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

    38:16 - And Bill Nye, The Planetary Society.

    We’ve edited the recording to keep the podcast within a reasonable length.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast.

    We have a special podcast from the recent International Astronautical Congress in Washington, the Heads of Emerging Agencies plenary.

    This a new plenary session at the IAC. And while we’re accustomed to a plenary featuring the heads of legacy national space agencies from the US, Russia, Japan, India, Europe, China and Canada, it’s only in the past few years that the voices of emerging space nations are starting to reach a global audience.

    This panel offers the listener an opportunity to learn about programs from some of the emerging space nations along with their thoughts on a host of issues facing all nations.

    In this panel you’ll hear from space leaders from the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil and Angola.

    The panel is moderated by Pontsho Maruping, Chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), South Africa.

    The panelists include:
    * Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General, UAE Space Agency (UAESA),United Arab Emirates.
    * Valanathan Munsami, CEO, South African National Space Agency (SANSA), South Africa.
    * Anond Snidvongs, Executive Director, Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand.
    * Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura, President, Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Brazil.
    * Zolana Rui Joao, General Manager, National Space Program Management Office (GGPEN), Angola.

    We’ve edited the recording removing individual introductions to keep the podcast within a reasonable length.

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    Panel timeline:

    Panel introduction - 3:11
    United Arab Emirates introduction - 4:44
    South Africa introduction - 8:34
    Thailand introduction - 11:17
    Brazil introduction - 15:09
    Angola introduction - 18:36
    Panel discussion - 21:50

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  • This week we have a special podcast from the International Astronautical Congress in Washington that discusses a very important topic: The Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space: Advancing the Space Economy and Sustaining Space Industry Through Solutions to Space Security Issue.

    The panel is moderated by Fatih Ozmen, Owner and CEO, Sierra Nevada Corporation.

    The panelists include:
    - Jean-Loïc Galle, President and CEO, Thales Alenia Space,
    - Daniel S. Goldberg, President and CEO, Telesat
    - Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Space, The Luxembourg Government
    - Kay Sears, Vice President and General Manager, Lockheed Martin
    - Scott Pace,Executive Director, National Space Council

    We’ve edited the recording removing individual introductions to keep the podcast within a reasonable length.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast.

    This weeks podcast has two segments. The first is an interview with Launch Canada’s Adam Trumpour who provides an update on the Launch Canada Challenge. Of note, and subsequent to this interview, Adam told SpaceQ that the November event had to be postponed as not all the approvals could be done in time.

    In the second segment I speak with Lawrence Reeves the founder and leader of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge which engages students from universities across Canada.

    I’ll point out that both Launch Canada and the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge are not-for profits that did not start with government, nor do they get government funding, though the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge does get in-kind government contributions and Launch Canada is likely going to get in-kind government contributions.

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    - Adam Trumpour, Launch Canada (Starts at 2:03)
    http://www.launchcanada.org/

    - Lawrence Reeves, Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (Starts at 13:35)
    http://www.csdcms.ca/

  • Hi everyone. Now that SpaceQ is publishing two podcasts, Terranauts and the original SpaceQ podcast, we’re going to change our scheduling starting this week.

    We just released episode 2 of Terranauts today with host Iain Christie talking with Canadian space pioneer Mac Evans. Terranauts will now published every other Thursday, for now.

    The original SpaceQ podcast is moving to Tuesday’s with the next episode dropping on Tuesday, October 22.

    As with SpaceQ, Terranauts is available on Apple Podcasts and other podcast services and apps.

    Thanks, and see you next Tuesday for another episode of SpaceQ!

  • This weeks podcast has two segments. The first is my short interview with Conservative Party MP Erin O’Toole from the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada’s Election 2019 All Candidates Town Hall in Toronto that was held on October 3rd. As you’ll hear, Mr. O’Toole was forthcoming in discussing key issues of interest to the space community. Comments from other candidates are in my story on our website. A link to the story will be in the show notes.

    The second segment of today’s podcast was recorded on Monday, October 7 at Western University where the new Institute for Earth and Space Exploration was officially launched. The segment includes a brief comment from Western’s new president, Alan Shepard, no relation folks, and former Canadian astronaut Dr. Dave Williams. The comments are followed by an interview with the new Director of the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, Dr. Gordon Osinski.

    Segment 1
    1:33 - Conservative Party MP Erin O'Toole

    Segment 2
    8:10 - Alan Shepard, president, Western University
    8:45 - Astronaut Dave Williams
    9:58 - Dr. Gordon Osinski

    Related stories:

    A Conservative Government Would Likely Proceed with Canada’s Commitment to the Lunar Gateway
    http://spaceq.ca/a-conservative-government-would-likely-proceed-with-canadas-commitment-to-the-lunar-gateway/

    Western University Launches Institute for Earth and Space Exploration With Aim to be a Global Leader in Space Research and Training
    http://www.spaceq.ca/western-university-launches-institute-for-earth-and-space-exploration-with-aim-to-be-a-global-leader-in-space-research-and-training/

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  • Terranauts is a new podcast from SpaceQ.

    This week we're launching the first episode on the SpaceQ channel however you can now find Terranauts on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, Soundcloud and your favourite podcast app.

    Ian Christie is the host of Terranauts. When most people think about space they think of astronauts, names like Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Chris Hadfield are familiar to an awful lot of people. But for every astronaut that makes it to space there are legions of smart, dedicated, and interesting people who plan, design, build and operate the mission, spacecraft and instruments that make up the space program. Terranauts is about those people. The ones that go to space all the time, without ever leaving the planet. I hope you'll join me to hear about their stories.

    Today's guest is GHGSat founder and president Stephane Germain.

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  • My guest today is Aram Daniel Kerkonian, a lawyer with Ardaker Space Consultants and the co-author of the government mandated 2017 independent review of the Remote Sensing Space Systems Act.

    Today we’re going to be talking about the opportunity a federal election presents for the space community in seeking changes to existing regulations and what new regulations, and possibly even new legislation, could come from the next government.

    You might think is dry stuff, on the contrary. For anyone working in the business of space, or new companies to the space sector, this is an important topic and time. Why? Because the space sector is rapidly evolving and the government needs to adapt to those changes so that Canadian businesses can remain competitive on a global scale. It also has a direct impact on whether foreign investors see Canada as a place to do business.

    Recently SpaceQ Intel, a new division within SpaceQ hosted a one day roundtable that brought together government and industry. For the most part, government was in listen mode due to the elections being called. It was an opportunity for industry to express their thoughts on current regulations and any changes that might be needed along with any new potential legislation that should be contemplated. For government it was an opportunity to see what, if any consensus would come from industry. This in turn will help the civil service in advising a new government and those incoming ministers of departments with a space mandate

    Today Aram and I will discuss election 2019 and the opportunities it presents for regulatory reform.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast.

    My guest today is Grant Bonin, Chief Engineer, Space Systems at Rocket Lab. Grant is making his second appearance on the SpaceQ podcast. The last time was in the spring of 2018 when he was the Chief Technology Officer at Deep Space Industries.

    In today’s podcast we find out more about Grant's departure from Deep Space Industries and his current activities at Rocket Lab including their new Photon small satellite initiative.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast.

    Today is the second part of our two part series focusing on the commercialization of Low Earth Orbit with a focus on the International Space Station and other potential commercial habitats. My guest as in the first episode last week is Adrian Mangiuca, the Commerce Director at NanoRacks. NanoRacks describes themselves as both the largest commercial user and private investor on the International Space Station with customers from over 30 nations.

    Recently NanoRacks released a NASA commissioned study titled An In-Orbit Commercial Space Station Habitat Development Enabling Cost-Effective and Sustainable U.S. Presence in Low-Earth Orbit. NanoRacks partnered with 14 other organizations to create the 170 page report.

    In my conversation with Adrian we go over some of the key findings of the report and delve into what the real world LEO space station habitat marketplace is.

    As we start the second episode Adrian just answered the question of how the marketplace will react to other foreign entities, be it commercial or state, enter the LEO marketplace. Now he answer the question of why the ISS should be the “final government owned and operated space station in Low Earth Orbit” as stated in the report.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the first episode of season 3 of the SpaceQ podcast.

    We’ve got an exciting season planned where we’ll interview the people pushing the boundaries of the space economy, making discoveries in space science, observing the Earth to better understanding our planet and manage our resources, and so much more.

    Later this month we’re also be launching our new pop-up podcast Terranauts hosted by Iain Christie. Iain’s first interview will be with Stephane Germain, the CEO of GHGSat. If you haven’t listened to my interview with Iain about Terranauts it’s available in our feed.

    The SpaceQ and Terranauts podcasts are partially advertiser supported but that revenue isn’t enough for a viable business. That’s why it’s really important to us that you support us through Patreon. And starting this fall we’re going to provide subscriber only content available to our patrons on Patreon. To support SpaceQ please make your monthly pledge at https://patreon.com/spaceq.

    Ok, now on to today’s podcast.

    Today we’re focusing on the commercialization of Low Earth Orbit with a focus on the International Space Station and other potential commercial habitats. This is the first part of a two part series and my guest is Adrian Mangiuca, the Commerce Director at NanoRacks. NanoRacks describes themselves as both the largest commercial user and private investor on the International Space Station with customers from over 30 nations.

    Recently NanoRacks released a NASA commissioned study titled An In-Orbit Commercial Space Station Habitat Development Enabling Cost-Effective and Sustainable U.S. Presence in Low-Earth Orbit. NanoRacks partnered with 14 other organizations to create the 170 page report.

    In my conversation with Adrian we go over some of the key findings of the report and delve into what the real world LEO space station habitat marketplace is.

    Listen in.

  • This week we have the final episode in this years Summer Series podcast where we feature three compelling talks from other creators.

    Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. In this weeks Summer Series podcast we hear from Stephanie Thomas who will speak on "Direct Fusion Drive for Rapid Deep Space Propulsion." Thomas is Vice President of Princeton Satellite Systems.

    This talk was featured on the May 29 Future In-Space Operations weekly teleconference. The slides are available with the podcast on our website:

  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. Welcome to the second episode in this years Summer Series where we feature three compelling talks from other creators.

    In this weeks episode we hear from Jennifer Fogarty who will speak on "The Human System: Protecting Human Health and Performance to Enable Deep Space Exploration.” Dr. Fogarty is NASA's Human Research Program Chief Scientist.

    This talk was featured on the August 14 Future In-Space Operations weekly teleconference. The slides are available with the podcast on our website with the URL link in the show description.

    Podcast and slides on our website;
    https://spaceq.ca/the-human-system-for-deep-space-exploration-summer-series-podcast/

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. Welcome to first episode in this years Summer Series where we feature three compelling talks from other creators.

    In this weeks episode we hear from George Sowers who will speak on "Mining the Moon for Fun and Profit.” Dr. Sowers is a Professor of Practice at the Colorado School of Mines who works on the world’s first and only graduate program in Space Resources.

    This talk was featured in the mid-June Future In-Space Operations weekly teleconference. The slides are available with the podcast on our website from the link below.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast.

    What happens when you bring Iain Christie and Marc Boucher together? Well, naturally they’re both going to want to talk, a lot.

    One of the outcomes of that June meeting was the idea to start a new podcast. That podcast idea is now Terranauts, which will join the SpaceQ family in September.

    Ok, so what is Terranauts going to be about? Well…

    How do you inspire the next generation of workers in the space sector? One way is to tell the compelling stories of those people who are firmly rooted here on Earth, unlikely to ever fly into space. We call these people Terranauts. They are 99.9% of the workforce, a vast majority of which you rarely hear about. Their contributions are essential to our knowledge of space and its use to benefit humanity.

    Today, in introducing Terranauts, I’m going to turn the tables on the host of the new SpaceQ pop-up podcast, Iain Christie, and interview him. Iain’s first episode will air in September.

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  • This week we have our final special recording from the recent Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute ASTRO 2019 conference in Laval, Quebec.

    In this podcast you’ll hear from Dr. Sarah Gallagher who splits her time between Western University where she’s professor studying black holes and the Canadian Space Agency where she became the first Science Advisor to the President.

    In this after dinner talk, Dr. Gallagher spoke on the topic of leveraging science for innovation. Today’s recording includes both her talk and an interesting Q&A session moderated by CASI Executive Director Geoff Languedoc.

    You can follow Dr. Gallagher on Twitter at @scgQuasar.

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    - The Q&A starts at 28:23

  • This week we have another special recording from the recent Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute ASTRO 2019 conference in Laval, Quebec.

    In this podcast you’ll hear from start-ups and veterans on how to scale up your space business.

    The panel was moderated by Christine Tovee of CATx Technology who is also a member of the Canadian government appointed Space Advisory Board. The panelists included startups QEYNet and its CEO Cordell Grant, Reaction Dynamics CEO Bachar Elzein, GHGSat’s CEO Stephane Germain whose company qualifies as a startup through Stephane has been in the business a long time and also serves on the Space Advisory Board. Lastly, Daniel Schulten of MDA was the big company representative on the panel. He is however leading MDA's new LaunchPad initiative which aims accelerate and grow partnerships from small and medium businesses and academia in Canada.

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  • This week we’re featuring a Future in Space Operations teleconference with former NASA historian Roger Launius who spoke about his new book "Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings.”

    A we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission it’s important to look back at the time of the Apollo program in the 60’s and early 70’s to better understand the motivations of the Apollo program and what was happening in the world at that time. Launius provides that unique view.

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  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast. This week we have another special recording from the recent Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute ASTRO 2019 conference in Laval, Quebec. In this podcast, the topic is Commercial Lunar Exploration. The panel was divided into two sections, presentations by each panelist followed by a moderated question and answer session. We will post the video of the presentations when it's available, but the focus for this podcast is the excellent Q&A discussion.The panel was moderated by Jan Clarence Dee a Space Consultant at Euroconsult. The panelists were Erick Dupuis, Director, Space Exploration Development, Canadian Space Agency; Michele Faragali, CTO, Mission Control Space Services; and John Walker, VP Lunar Surface Operations, ispace Inc.Note that subsequent to this talk and later in the conference Erick Dupuis announced that the Treasury Board of Canada had approved the requested $150 million over five years for the Canadian Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program. Listen In.

  • Hi, I’m Marc Boucher and this is the SpaceQ podcast.

    This week we have another special recording from the recent Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute ASTRO 2019 conference in Laval, Quebec.

    In this podcast we hear from BGen Kevin Whale, Director General and Joint Force Component Commander for Space, RCAF who talked about Delivering The Space Objectives of Canada’s Defence Policy. Some of the interesting points you’ll hear include that Canada should consider creating a National Space Council similar to what the US has. As well, it was clear by his remarks that Canada needs a national launch capability. It’s not something the RCAF will do, but if there’s a commercial provider operating in Canada, the RCAF will seriously consider using that service. And to make that point, General Whale said he would like responsive capability, meaning if they need to launch something fast, an option is available commercially in Canada.

    BGen. Whale’s presentation is available on our website.

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