Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Space Cameras Delayed to Make Way for Olympic Torch Visit to Space Station

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Space Cameras Delayed to Make Way for Olympic Torch Visit to Space Station

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Olympic torch delays Canadian space cameras

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MONTREAL - A trip by the Olympic torch to the International Space Station has forced a Vancouver-based company to delay its plans to install two cameras on the orbiting space lab.

Scott Larson, the CEO of UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR), originally planned to send the cameras -- one that shoots photos and the other video -- to the station on a Russian spacecraft in mid-October.

"We've been working on this for the last two and a half years," he said in a recent interview.

"The basic agreement we have with the Russian space agency (Roscosmos) is that we provide the cameras and then they provide the launch, installation, power and maintenance."

But the launch of the cameras has been delayed until late November to accommodate a visit by the Olympic torch.

The first-of-its-kind space voyage by the Olympic icon has also caused a number of other launches to be rescheduled.

As part of the four-month relay, the torch -- with a simulated flame -- will be taken into outer space in early November during a space walk by two Russian cosmonauts.

Originally, a manned Soyuz capsule was meant to go the space station on Nov. 25 but that flight was moved to Nov. 7 to accommodate the torch.

Serguei Bedziouk, UrtheCast's vice-president in charge of Russian relations, said the torch will be taken outside on Nov. 9, two days after the Soyuz arrives.

In an email from St. Petersburg, he also added that the torch will return to Earth on Nov. 11 with another group of returning space station astronauts.

Bedziouk was involved in the Russian space program from 1977 to 1989 and moved to Canada in 1996.

The torch relay will begin in Moscow on Oct. 7, pass through 83 Russian cities and arrive in Sochi for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics next Feb. 7. It will also travel by car, train, plane and reindeer.

The two UrtheCast cameras will now be delivered to the space station on an unmanned Russian supply vessel that will launch from Kazakhstan on Nov. …

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