Canada and space are a natural fit.
It is a challenge to have your launch date slip continuously.
I like the opportunity to travel the world and work in close company with other people.
NASA wanted to assure its ability to examine the spacecraft in orbit for signs of damage.
I went to military college in Canada and graduated as an officer in the Navy but also as an engineer.
In 1983, NASA invited Canada to fly three payload specialists, in part because we had contributed the robotic arm that is used on the shuttle.
After the Shuttle checks out on its two upcoming flights, it will be ready to take larger components up to the International Space Station later this fall.
We have played a critical role in meeting the new safety standards. The Canadian space industry contributed new tools that make the inspection of the space shuttle possible.
Canada has made a strong commitment as a partner in the International Space Station and, like the other partners, wishes to see the assembly of this unique orbiting laboratory continue.