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SpaceOps 2004 - Where Space Meets Business - Canada hosts prestigious space industry conference for the first time

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, April 29, 2004

The Canadian Space Agency is honoured to host the Eighth International Conference on Space Operations from May 17 to 21, 2004, in partnership with Telesat and National Research Council Canada. Delegates from 25 countries representing the world's space agencies, as well as industry and academic organizations will gather at the Centre Mont-Royal in Montréal to take part in this year's conference.

The theme of SpaceOps 2004, "A Global Enterprise," captures the global and commercial scope of space operations today. Conference presentations and plenary sessions will cover innovative techniques and approaches to the wide range of space operations. It will also address current "hot issues" from telemedicine and GPS (global positioning systems) to the Mars missions and the International Space Station.

Media are invited to attend the following sessions:

Monday, May 17, 2004

3:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony: Honourary guests and keynote speakers Dr. Mehran Anvari, a pioneer in telerobotic surgery, and Colonel Reaser, Chief Engineer of the Navstar Global Positioning System Office (GPS), will launch the conference.

Location: Amphitheatre, Level 1, Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street, Montréal, Quebec

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

8:00 a.m. Mars Missions Operations: Who better to talk about the challenges and out-of-this-world results of exploring Mars than experts from the teams operating the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers currently on the Red Planet. In addition, scientists from the Mars Express and Nozomi spacecrafts will also share their experience.

Location: Amphitheatre, Level 1, Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street, Montréal, Quebec

Thursday, May 20, 2004

8:30 a.m. International Space Station Operations: The International Space Station is the world's largest global scientific undertaking. Attend this plenary session and hear representatives from Canada, the United- States, Japan, Europe and Russian describe how this vital space asset is operated.

Location: Amphitheatre, Level 1, Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street, Montréal, Quebec

Friday, May 21, 2004

8:30 a.m. CEO Round Table on Space Business and Broadband: Led by Telesat President and CEO Laurier J. Boisvert, and moderated by Canadian Space Agency President Marc Garneau, senior executives from the world's top space companies will discuss the state of the industry, the next wave of space business, and how they are preparing their companies for the emerging broadband, multi-media market.

Location: Exhibit Hall, Level 4, Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Mansfield Street, Montréal, Quebec

Visit the SpaceOps 2004 website for more information at: www.spaceops2004.org

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