An ambitious plan to send a pair of Canadian astronauts to space could take the first Canadian to space in more than 100 years, with the country’s space agency announcing Tuesday it’s announcing a five-year contract with NASA for the first mission.
“It’s not easy.
It’s not fun,” said NASA astronaut Tim Peake, the lead scientist for the project, which will be the first of its kind.
“But it’s the only way to go.”
The Canadian space agency says it’s looking for a team of seven to help it prepare for the upcoming arrival of its crew members.
The government-run Space Agency will pay for the two-year project and will also pay for a small space station that will be designed to house six people, including two astronauts, as well as a satellite communications system and other hardware.
The Canadian Space Agency says the mission will take place in 2021 and 2024.
“I think it’s going to be very exciting,” said Peake.
“This will be an exciting time for Canadians.”
The $2.4-billion mission is the first by a Canadian space program since the United States launched astronauts in the late 1960s.
Canada is one of the few countries in the world that has an active space program.
Canada has hosted astronauts on multiple missions.
“In the space age, Canada is going to become the next big player in space,” said Peter Mackenzie, the director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa.
“Canada is going into the next decade as a leader.”
Canada’s first astronaut, Neil Armstrong, in 1969.
Canadian astronauts have spent over five decades in space, including six spacewalks.
In 2010, Canada’s Space Agency said it was planning to send its astronauts to the International Space Station by 2024.
However, the agency has said it would have to wait until 2025 to send astronauts to orbit.
“We’re waiting to see what the commercial community will do,” said Mackenzie.
“At this point, it’s a very, very difficult, very complex undertaking, and we want to ensure that it’s done safely.”
Canada launched two missions to the space station in recent years, including the first crewed mission to the outpost in 2018.
“If the government were to have its way, we would have a very different mission,” said Pierre Lecours, the head of the Canadian Space Program, a branch of the federal government.
“What we want is to be the leader in space exploration and it’s very important that we do that.”
A new generation of spacefaring explorers The new Canadian space venture comes on the heels of the successful launch of Canada’s own astronaut, the first to travel into space.
That mission was in 2019.
“The next generation has got to be ready to go,” said Lecour.
The new program will also be the third space mission in a decade, following a Canada-European Space Agency mission and a joint mission with Japan. “
That’s what the future is all about, right?”
The new program will also be the third space mission in a decade, following a Canada-European Space Agency mission and a joint mission with Japan.
Canada will also launch an unmanned space station mission in 2024, a mission that is still on track for its first launch in 2021.
Canada’s government-funded space agency is part of a $3.4 billion Canadian Space Research Agency (CSA) that includes the National Aeronautics and Space Agency and the Department of National Defence.
That agency has been working on space research since the 1960s, and has a large presence in Canadian aerospace.
The CSA is part the Canadian military, and is a civilian entity, unlike NASA and ESA.
It was created by a merger of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Air Transport Command.
“There is a lot of interest in space and it is a priority area in our country,” said Stephen MacKenzie, chief executive of the CSA.
“You’ve got to have the right people on board to make the right decisions.”