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Defence and Discovery

Canada’s Military Space Program, 1945-74

The Cold War space race between the United States and the Soviet Union is well documented, but few are aware of Canada’s early activities in this important arena of global power. Defence and Discovery represents the first comprehensive investigation into the origins, development, and impact of Canada’s space program from 1945 to 1974. Meticulously researched, it demonstrates the central role of the military in Canada’s early space research, illuminating a significant yet understudied period in Canada’s growth as a nation.

Table of Contents



1 Cold War Security and Aerospace Defence Research Prior to Sputnik

2 Missiles, Rocketry, and the Development of the Black Brant Launcher

3 Defence and Discovery: Canada’s Early Space Policies

4 Forging a Spacefaring Nation: The Alouette-ISIS Program

5 The Militarization and Weaponization of Space in Canada

6 The Demise of Canada’s Cold War Space Programs

7 National Interests and a New Agenda for Outer Space


Appendix; Note on Sources; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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