Defence and Discovery: Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74 by Andrew B. GodefroyDefence and Discovery: Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74 by Andrew B. Godefroy

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

byAndrew B. Godefroy

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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The space race between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War is arguably the most famous international rivalry in modern history. Few, however, are aware that Canada was also 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.

In Defence and Discovery, Andrew Godefroy presents the first comprehensive examination of the origins, development, and impact of Canada’s space program. Drawing on newly declassified archival sources and a wealth of secondary material, Godefroy puts Canada’s early space research into context and demonstrates the central role of military enterprise in these endeavours. He also reveals the technological, political, and strategic implications of the country’s early innovation in space-research technology, and its subsequent turn from this arena.

Most nations have proudly documented their efforts in space exploration, but historians of Canada have been slow to delve into this important era. Defence and Discovery opens the records, illuminating a highly secretive and significant period in the country’s military and strategic history.

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.
Title:Defence and Discovery: Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:077481960X

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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

Editorial Reviews

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.Space security and the formation of good policy frameworks is a critically important field of study; Godefroy is one of its key analysts in Canada, and his is the first study published of this magnitude. Defence and Discovery will appeal to military historians, Canadian Security analysts, and policy-makers, as well as to educated general readers who follow stories like the demise of the Avro Arrow. - Robert Huebert, co-editor of Commercial Satellite Imagery and United Nations Peacekeeping