Earlier this fall John Chapman of White Rock, BC, a semi-retired mining expert who is also a strong proponent of commercializing space wrote to Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Steve MacLean about the creation of prizes to accelerate space related technology. Last week he received a positive response.
"I believe that prize competitions, if carefully structured, can have significant potential in accelerating the pace of innovation, in stirring the imagination, especially of students and young professionals, in providing a communications and outreach platform to highlight the benefits of space, and in promoting an entrepreneurial spirit."
MacLean goes on to say that space science and technology capacity building is one of the primary thrusts of the yet to be released Canadian Space Agency Long Term Space Plan (LTSP). He further states that in coming months the CSA will be developing programs to support this particular thrust of the LTSP including a program called Space Challenges. This program would help to develop Canadian excellence and promote collaboration in areas deemed strategic in science and technology disciplines.