AIAC Applauds Government Intention to Renew Canada's Participation in International Space Station

Minister Paradis made announcement today at the Space Agencies Leaders Conference in Quebec City

OTTAWA, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) and its member companies are very pleased with the government's intention to renew its commitment to the ISS partnership until 2020.

"Canada is home to world-leading Space expertise and technology which has played a crucial role in the building and the operation of the ISS," says Jim Quick, President & CEO of AIAC. "This will ensure our nation continues to play an important leadership role on the international space scene while ensuring high-value, knowledge-based jobs are maintained and created at home."

"Canada's collaboration in major international space programs goes beyond the considerable direct and indirect economic benefits," said Quick. "Our Space accomplishments are recognized world-wide and our continued contribution to the largest science and technology project in the history of humanity will only enhance that reputation," he concluded.

Canadian space firms have acquired world-leading capabilities in satellite communication services and navigation systems, space robotics and automation as well as in earth observation and remote sensing.

AIAC thanks Minister Christian Paradis and the Government of Canada for their support for the Canadian Space industry and its competitiveness.

The AIAC is the national association representing Canada's aerospace and space manufacturing and services sector. Pushing the boundaries of research and innovation, Canada's space sector is knowledge-intensive and at the forefront of this highly technical global industry. Building on the strengths of more than 8,000 highly skilled workers, nearly one quarter of whom are engineers and scientists, the sector generates more than 3.4 billion annually.

SOURCE Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

For further information:

Maryse Harvey, Vice-President Public Affairs, AIAC
613 760-4562,

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