From Black Brant to the International Space Station

Andrew B. Godefroy

THE CANADIAN SPACE PROGRAM: From Black Brant to the International Space Station Canada's space efforts from its origins towards the end of the Second World War through to its participation in the ISS today are revealed in full in this complete and carefuly researched history. Employing recently declassified archives and many never previously used sources, author Andrew B. Godefroy explains the history of the program through its policy and many fascinating projects. He assesses its effectiveness as a major partner in both US and international space programs, examines its current national priorities and capabilities, and outlines the country's plans for the future.

Despite being the third nation to launch a satellite into space after the Soviet Union and the United States, being a major partner in the US space shuttle program with the iconic Canadarm, being an international leader in the development of space robotics, and acting as one of the five major partners in the ISS, the Canadian space program remains one of the least well-known national efforts of the space age. This book sheds a clearer light on the progress made by Canada's Space Agency thus far, with more ambitious goals ahead.

Table of Contents


1. Northern Mariner: The Origins of Canadian Space Activities
2. Forging a Space Nation: Policy and Program Development, 1957-1963
3. Challenge and Commitment: Canada's Space Program in Transition, 1964-1974
4. Ad Astra: Establishing a Permanent Presence in Space, 1974-1984
5. Maple Leaf in Orbit: Institutionalizing the Canadian Space Program, 1984-1995
6. Build Up: Canada's Space Station Era Begins, 1996-2009
7. Conclusion: Towards Space Station Expeditions

Appendix A: Canadian Space Agency Presidents, 1989-2013
Appendix B: Biographical Notes on Canada's Astronauts
Select Bibliography

Extent: 324 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2017
ISBN: 978-3-319-40104-1

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