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Defence and Discovery

Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74

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.

About the Author

Andrew B. Godefroy is a strategic analyst and historian with the Canadian 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.


"Godefroy’s relentless pursuit of the details of the history of Canada’s military space program has resulted in a profoundly original work that makes a significant contribution not only to the history of science and technology, but also to international history more generally . . . non-specialists will have to work to get through this book, and I fear that too many Canadians might not have the patience to do so . . . that is a real shame, because if they were to learn even half as much as I have, they would be significantly better placed to participate in discussions of international policy in Canada in the future."—Adam Chapnick, Literary Review Magazine, September 2011


"Extremely well-researched and written, Defence and Discovery brings together existing pieces of the story of Canada's space effort into a comprehensive historical analysis, through access to new primary archival material. Godefroy demonstrates a mastery of the technical-scientific elements of Canada's initial space research and development programs, and delves into the political-bureaucratic forces at play, as well."—James Fergusson, author of Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence, 1954-2009: Déjà vu All Over Again

"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

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