Defence and Discovery: Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74

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UBC Press, Apr 1, 2011 - History - 240 pages
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The space race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War is well documented, but few are aware that Canada, too, was an early contender in space exploration. Indeed, in 1962, Canada bested the more powerful United Kingdom to become the third nation to reach outer space.

Defence and Discovery presents the first comprehensive investigation into the origins, development, and impact of Canada's space program. Through meticulous research, including newly declassified material, it demonstrates the central role of the military in Canada's early space research. Moreover, it reveals the technological, political, and strategic implications of the country's early innovation in space-research technology, and its subsequent turn from this arena.

A striking contribution to Canada's military and political history, Defence and Discovery illuminates a significant yet understudied period in Canada's growth as a nation.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Cold War Security and Aerospace Defence Research Prior to Sputnik
7
Missiles Rocketry and the Development of the Black Brant Launcher
33
Defence and Discovery Canadas Early Space Policies
68
Forging a Spacefaring Nation The AlouetteISIS Program
95
Canadas Militarization and Weaponization of Space
121
The Demise of Canadas Cold War Space Programs
152
National Interests and a New Agenda for Outer Space
173
Conclusion
191
Appendix
194
A Note on Sources
195
Notes
199
Bibliography
219
Index
228
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Andrew B. Godefroy is a strategic analyst and historian with the Department of National Defence, as well as the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Army Journal. He previously served with the Directorate of Space Development, National Defence Headquarters, and was an official historian for the Canadian Space Agency.

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