Telesat Strongly Supports the Recommendations of the Aerospace Review on Canada’s Future in Space
Mr. Emerson and his colleagues underscore the strategic importance of
Canada’s space industry and the need for timely Government action
OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2012 /CNW/ – Telesat, Canada’s premiere satellite
operator, welcomes the Report of the Aerospace Review released earlier
today and believes that its recommendations provide a clear path
forward for the Government of Canada.
Telesat congratulates Minister Paradis for mandating the Aerospace
Review and Mr. Emerson and his colleagues for their work in delivering
a timely and focused report that addresses many of the critical issues
facing Canada’s space industry.
Among the key aspects of the Report is a clear statement that the
imperatives of development and security in the North should be high on
the list of Government priorities in a Canadian Space Program.
“Telesat agrees that the North presents an important opportunity and
believes that it can be best addressed by leveraging the advanced
capabilities of today’s satellite services”, stated Dan Goldberg,
President and CEO. “For the past several years, the Government of
Canada has studied the development of a capability to provide broadband
communications infrastructure for sovereignty, safety and security
objectives in the North and to allow for meteorological observation in
the Arctic to permit weather forecasting, modeling and environmental
monitoring. Creating such a capability would greatly enhance the
government’s ability to deliver on some of the key objectives
identified in the Report, using satellites as a key instrument of
The Aerospace Review Report also identifies that one of Government’s key
responsibilities relates to making procurement decisions that
strengthen domestic industries, and therefore the national economy,
while respecting international trade rules and acquiring the best
products at a reasonable price. Telesat applauds the Report’s approach
in relation to procurement practices of the Government. “Given that
Canada is making fewer space investments than certain other countries
the Government of Canada must be highly targeted and strategic when it
procures space related services and goods with a view toward enhancing
the competitiveness of the Canadian space sector while at the same time
achieving a good value proposition for the Canadian taxpayer”, said Mr.
Telesat looks forward to the Government’s response to this important
About Telesat (www.telesat.com)
Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing
reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions
worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers.
Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the
world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 13 satellites
and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, plus one satellite awaiting
launch. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites
for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are
Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space &
Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).
SOURCE Telesat Canada