The Canadian Space Agency will get its first female president this month as the space race keeps on warming up, with private firms working close by governments to put humans once again on the moon.
Also, no, she hasn’t yet watched Space Force on Netflix.
Lisa Campbell assumes control over the job on Sept. 14 aftermost as of late functioning as associate deputy minister of veterans affairs. Prior to that, she led the defence and marine procurement arm of Public Services and Procurement Canada and has been involved in prominent files, including the fighter jet replacement.
In an interview, Campbell said the world is changing and Canada should be in the focal point of “a new era” for space exploration that will see the private sector playing an ever more prominent role and existing convictions being tested about how to push forward into the universe.
“Obviously, this is an exciting time to be in the space field. Governments around the world and private sector are investing heavily because of all of the potential,” she said.
“It’s important from an economic recovery perspective as well. The aerospace industry’s been hit hard with what’s been going on around the world with the pandemic.”
“Space spending by our government and by the private sector has grown exponentially as it has around the world,” she continued. “It’s going to be very important in promoting innovation, economic recovery after the pandemic.”
Beyond the privatization, space is also becoming more militarized.
The Trump administration continues to tout the need for a “space force,” citing growing threats of Chinese and Russian dominance in the sphere.
All the while, the world on the ground is ever more reliant on the invisible, powerful network of signals from satellites circling the Earth to power everything from telecommunications systems to the ability to predict the weather from one day to the next.
According to the International Data Corporation, a global market intelligence service, the value of the internet of things — a term used to describe all of the devices and products hooked up to the internet — is projected to spike from $13.5 billion in 2019 to $21.8 billion by 2023.
Photo credit: Government of Canada
News source: Global News