Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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SpaceX wins partial approval to provide Starlink service in Canada

Capitalism in space: Though SpaceX has obtained permission to provide its Starlink internet service from Canada’s Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, similar to the U.S.’s FCC, it still has not gotten full government approval to begin offering its service to customers.

It appears a different Canadian regulatory body, dubbed Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), has still not given its okay of the “satellite spectrum” SpaceX requires. From the second link:

SpaceQ had previously contacted ISED in June about SpaceX. ISED wouldn’t comment directly on any application, but did tell SpaceQ that the applications and approved website pages were up to date at that time. The website had last been updated in May. Since then, the website was updated in July. And yet there’s still no mention of SpaceX. It’s my understanding that the specific pages with applications and approvals is updated pretty quickly when there is new information to post. Though it took 3 weeks for changes to appear after Kepler submitted their application in June of this year.

With respect to how long it takes to get approval, ISED said the “service standard for the processing of satellite applications, including for those for foreign satellites, is 130 calendar days.” It’s quite possible that it could take longer.

This description carries all the hallmarks of a typical government bureaucracy whose only purpose is to block new companies and new technology. The political swamp of Canada might also be using it as a means of extortion for campaign funds from SpaceX. “Nice business you got there. Sure would be a shame if it didn’t get that license approval.”

I don’t think SpaceX needs to bow to these games. In the end ISED will back down and give approval, especially when the company begins offering its services just over the border in the U.S. The competitive and political pressure to give its okay will then be too great.

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4 comments

  • V-Man

    “Might?” As a Canadian, I guarantee you that it’s the case. The Liberals are in power, after all.

  • mike shupp

    I think I sympathize — a bit — with the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada people. The USA is bigger than Canada, its space industry is correspondingly larger, and SpaceX moves pretty quickly, So giving approval to Starlink pretty much guarantees indigenous Canadian businesses aren’t likely to be developed. And the more important Starlink becomes in the future, the more that sort of loss rankles.

    I dunno if the hurt is more economic or political and emotional, but I can see it matters. How do most Americans feel when they look at the imported cars on the freeway and contemplate the decline of Detroit?

  • Steve Richter

    Elon is incredible. If Starlink works, that is an huge amount of annual revenue from his internet service. And, if what he is saying about material for his car batteries being abundant, that clears the way for democrats to outlaw the internal combustion engine. Which, while putting millions of car mechanics out of work, it does clear the way for Tesla to sell a lot of electric cars and trucks.

  • Edward

    mike shupp asked: “How do most Americans feel when they look at the imported cars on the freeway and contemplate the decline of Detroit?

    Considering we are the ones driving these non-Detroit cars, we don’t mind as much as you might think. Half a century ago, Detroit chose to build obsolescence into their cars in order to make money on replacement parts, and we chose the relatively good quality of foreign cars. Detroit has yet to catch up on the quality.

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