John H. Chapman Space Centre

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John H. Chapman Space Centre

The John H. Chapman Space Centre is the headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency. It is located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada.

The centre is on the border of the Saint Hubert airport, a general aviation facility. The building was finished in 1992 and named the John H. Chapman Centre in honour of John Chapman, who is considered to be the father of the Canadian Space Program, because of his role in the Alouette 1 program. The building is supposed to look somewhat like a space station, when seen from above. However, it bears no resemblance to real stations like the ISS or to famous fictional ones like the wheel of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The centre houses the Canadian astronaut office and most of the administrative and technical units supporting Canada's programs in space sciences and technology. This includes satellite control rooms, the Protein Crystal Growth Mission Support Centre and simulators for the canadarm, the Mobile Servicing System and the Advanced Space Vision System. As the headquarters for the space agency it also houses many offices for general administrative functions or for specific programs such as exchange activities with NASA, ESA and other national space agencies.

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