Federal government red tape, outdated remote sensing legislation regulations, and unnecessary delays for ground station licensing could mean the end for the satellite business in Inuvik, NWT says Tom Zubko, owner of New North Networks.
“One would think that if the government is going to arbitrarily put a ban on drilling in the Arctic and completely shut down hopes of that industry, that they would be bending over backwards to try and make something else work”
Inuvik is considered a ‘sweet spot’ for the collecting of data from satellites because of its latitude at 68 degrees north. The newly built fiber optic line to the town and virtually no radio frequency interference in the area, makes the location ideal as a major ground station to collect data from satellites.
“The government talks about climate change and mitigation of climate change and studying those kinds of things. It’s counter intuitive that they would hold up licenses that would help Canada fulfill its obligations.”
Zubko also suspects that the American owned multinational company that manages Canada’s government owned ground stations is not happy that a private owned company was developed and that may be why the licensing process is being held up.
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