David Saint-Jacques next Canadian astronaut in space
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) has announced that David Saint-Jacques will be the next Canadian astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS). His six-month mission aboard the ISS will begin in November 2018. It will be his first mission in space and the 17th space flight for the Canadian Astronaut Corps.
Jim Quick, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement:
On behalf of the Board and members of AIAC, I am delighted to congratulate David Saint-Jacques on his selection as Canada’s next astronaut to visit the International Space Station. Canada has a long and proud history as a space-faring nation, and we are very excited that David will be continuing this legacy.
Canada’s space exploration and observation activities directly contribute to our nation’s ability to innovate, communicate, maintain our sovereignty and security, and push the boundaries of human knowledge and capability. They are a tremendous source of national pride, and we are very pleased to see the government’s commitment to furthering that role in the years ahead, starting with the announcement that David will be travelling to the ISS in 2018. We look forward to continuing to work with the government, particularly on the creation of a long-term plan for Canada’s future in space, in the months ahead.