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October 23, 2012

PHYSICIST AIMS TO LAUNCH A NEW HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY FOR CANADA

PHYSICIST AIMS TO LAUNCH A NEW HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY FOR CANADA
Business Vancouver reports on GC faculty member and former resident, Redouane Fakir.

Green College faculty member and former resident, Redouane Fakir is an astrophysicist and the founder of Space Launch Canada based at Green College. Earlier this month, he unveiled a bold new satellite concept that was incubated at the College, and laid out his plans to launch a Canadian satellite and eventually establish a satellite-launching station on Vancouver Island.

"When Redouane Fakir was a 10-year-old boy in Morocco, he would lie on the beach with his headphones, listening to shortwave radio broadcasts about astrophysics by Canadian scientist Hubert Reeves.

He could hardly understand what Reeves was saying, but something about the topic transfixed him. At one point, Reeves said he was doing these broadcasts in the hopes that they might inspire some child in Africa to take an interest in space. The comment hit young Fakir, descended from Sufi masters, like a jolt from outer space. He was that child. He had heard the message. It set him off on a lifetime of learning the physics of the universe.

At a talk at UBC’s Green College earlier this month, he recounted how that first link attracted him to Canada, where he arrived as a young physicist at a teaching job at the University of Montreal. He was assigned an office that still had the nameplate of its former occupant on the door: Hubert Reeves.

That sense of magic and cosmic wonder adds a deliciously unusual element to Fakir’s four-year initiative to launch a Canadian satellite and eventually establish a satellite-launching station on Vancouver Island."

Read the entire Business Vancouver article "Physicist aims to launch a new high-tech industry for Canada."

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