Chuck Black

I'm a journalist, technology advocate, event organizer, public speaker and activist.

I edit and contribute articles to the Commercial Space blog, plus compile and curate the Canadian Aerospace News, the More Commercial Space News and the Space Conference News aggregation feeds.

I also organize and produce events focused on the commercialization of space derived technologies which bring together industry experts for detailed in-person discussions, collaboration and networking on a wide variety of topics for various groups.

I've often been cited as an authority on the aerospace industry by other media outlets. Recent mainstream citations include:
The October 17th, 2016 National Post article "U.S. firm stages ‘stealth takeover’ of Canada’s largest space tech company," and the October 18th, 2016 National Post article, "EDC financing satellite construction in California because of ‘direct benefit’ to Canada," which together discussed the recent corporate changes at Canadian space icon MacDonald Dettwiler (MDA), which were intended to provide MDA with the ability to bid on lucrative US military and government contracts as a US based company, as required under US domestic law.
A 2015 presentation for the Canadian Space Society
The September 1st, 2016 Globe and Mail article on, "Explosion of SpaceX rocket rattles global space industry," which covered the September 1st, 2016 explosion of a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket during fueling operations on its launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The July 10th, 2016 The StarSpot podcast on "The Great Terraforming Mars Debate – Part 4: The Dream, with Chuck Black," which discussed Martian colonies and how we choose our species ambassadors. 
The May 18th, 2016 Space News post, "Maritime microsat derailed by sanctions back on track for launch," which discussed the Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Microsatellite (M3MSat), which was scheduled to be launched on a Russian rocket in 2014, but was cancelled by Canada in protest over the Russian annexation of the Crimea and support for separatists in that part of Ukraine.
The September 23rd, 2015 SpaceNews article, "Space Takes its Place in Canada’s 3-Way Race," which discussed how space is playing a small but key role in Canada’s federal election campaign.
One of two papers presented at IAC 2014.
The June 14th, 2015 Ottawa Citizen article, "Canadian satellite launch delayed two years over Russian embargo," which discussed delays in the launch of the Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite (M3MSat) and the follow-up June 29th, 2015 Ottawa Citizen article on "Canada's surveillance satellites scheduled to be put into orbit on same rocket that exploded," which discussed possible launch delays in the RADARSAT Constellation mission (RCM).
The August 21st, 2014 Space News article "Canada Devising Action Plan for Taking Over Troubled Space Projects," which discussed issues related to the ongoing problems with the Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat). 
The July 24th, 2014 Ottawa Citizen article "Does Canada need its own rockets to launch satellites?" which discussed the lack of a Canadian small-sat launcher. 
A 2014 presentation created for Canadian Forces College.
The May 19th, 2014 Space News article “Forced To Think Small, Canadian Space Agency Focuses on Microsatellites,” which discussed the lack of solid funding for Canadian Space Agency (CSA) programs, and the space agency reaction. 
The May 8th, 2014 Canadian Press article on how “Canada’s space industry faces challenges penetrating global markets: study,” which discussed the release of the 2014 Futron Space Competitiveness Index
The November 15th, 2013 Canadian Press article “Canadian Space Agency developing 10 year plan," which discussed new CSA president Walt Natynczyk's plans for reinvigorating the agency. 
The June 19th, 2013 Space News article “Canadian Space Agency President Pick Prompts Military Takeover Talk.” 
A presentation from the 2009 CSCA conference & AGM.
The June 14th, 2013 Canadian Press article “Former army boss Walt Natynczyk to lead Canadian Space Agency." 
The May 12th, 2013 Canadian Press article “No Canadian will visit space station after Hadfield before 2016." 
The May 13th, 2013 Globe & Mail article “Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield ready for his return to Earth.”
The February 1st, 2013 CTV News article “Future of program unclear after Canadian Space Agency boss quits," which discussed the unexpected resignation of CSA president Steve MacLean and how the resignation could be related to the November 2012 David Emerson led Aerospace Review.
The October 31st, 2012 Canadian Business article “Canadian space sector stalls,” which discussed how, when governments cast about for ways to save money, the effects can reverberate even in space.
 2012 submission to the Aerospace Review.
The May 17th, 2012 Forbes article “From Astronaut-Hero To Space-Trucker: The Human Spin on Space Commercialization," which focused on the astronaut as a commercial provider of services.  
The April 9th, 2012 Canadian Press article “Canada’s Federal Budget pinch felt even in outer space.” 
The July 21, 2011 Montreal Gazette article “Down-to-Earth priorities may scuttle future space plans," which discussed the end of the space shuttle program. 
The July 8th, 2011 Global News article “Securing Canada’s spot in the space race,” which focused on how Canada is at risk of losing its preeminent place in the world space race, unless it uses the retirement of the space shuttle to pump strategic investment into the booming commercial space industry.
The April 11th, 2011 Space News article “Canadian Space Policy Remains Unpublished after Two Years,” which discussed the never published 2009 Canadian Long-term space plan, which then CSA president Steve MacLean was tasked to create.
The March 17th, 2011 Canadian Press article "Canada may fall behind in space business: group," which discussed how Canadian robotics, as represented by the Canadarm program, could be falling behind the capabilities of other nations. 
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