Canadian Space Agency prepares another study for launch

Ottawa Citizen

The Canadian Space Agency, which has struggled for years with the gravitational pull of tight budgets, plans a sweeping study of the benefits of Canada’s involvement in space.

The agency is seeking bids for what it calls a “comprehensive” overall assessment of the country’s space activity, and will pay up to $250,000 “to capture the economic argument for investment in space,” as well as “demonstrate the larger socio-economic impacts” of Canadians’ activities, public and private, in the sector, according to a written description of the work.

The agency said it could not comment on the study while it is still in the tendering process. “That’s the standard procedure when he have RFPs (requests for proposal),” said Maya Eyssen, a spokesperson for the agency. “We’re not allowed to answer any questions when there’s an RFP that’s open.”

But some outside space experts offered their own theories on why the study is being undertaken.

“What I read…

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