I write about how space exploration affects astronauts, and how space technology affects the billions of us on Earth who depend on it. I have three books on the go, and also report on breaking news stories for several space publications.
In 2018, I journeyed to Kazakhstan twice to report on two International Space Station launches: Expedition 56 and Expedition 58. Other fun things I’ve done include documenting my mission on a “Mars” base for two weeks, attending three space shuttle launches (like this one), and talking to astronauts about how to prepare for spaceflight. And every day, I chase breaking news to help my clients explain and understand the latest in space exploration.
I am fluent in English, and am comfortable in three other languages that I have used for multilingual press conferences: French, Spanish and Russian. I was also president of Science Writers and Communicators of Canada in 2019.
Here are some of the stories I’ve written.
For Space.com, I break down the scientific concepts portrayed in popular TV shows and movies, such as “Star Trek”, “Star Wars” and “Lost In Space”.
- 13 Things ‘Star Trek’ Gets Right (and Wrong) About Space Tech
- Why Don’t We Have a ‘Star Wars’ Hyperdrive Yet?
- Want to ‘Tesser’? Ironing Out ‘Wrinkle in Time’s’ Wild Space-Travel Ideas
I also cover breaking news events for Space.com, sometimes posting stories within hours of an official announcement. I’ve also had exclusives, such as this interview with Apollo astronaut Charles Duke.
- Live From Kazakhstan – International Crew Launches Toward Space Station
- In Space, Astronaut Anne McClain Draws on Rugby, US Army Experience for Super-Productivity
- Four Cubesats Snuck into Orbit Without Regulatory Approval, FCC Says
For Forbes, I cover commercial space and write explainers about space procedures.
- Why NASA Cancelled The First All-Female Spacewalk
- SpaceX Satellite Network Faces Canadian Competition
- How Firefly Aerospace Came Back From The Dead
For Curiosity.com, I explain space news to a non-technical, young adult audience.
- Astronomers Discovered a Huge Ring of Dust Hogging Mercury’s Orbit
- Forget Rovers: NASA’s InSight Lander Will Learn About Mars By Sitting Still
- The HAMMER Spacecraft Could Save the World from Killer Asteroids
For Sky&Telescope, I delve deeply into the science of astronomy.
- Hubble: Weather Watcher of the Outer Solar System
- Scientists Spot Helium Escaping Giant Planet’s Atmosphere
- Supergiant Star Caught Fleeing In Another Galaxy
For SpaceQ, I investigate the Canadian space program and industry.
- Astronaut Hansen Could Pilot A Commercial Crew Spacecraft
- How A Convair 580 Airplane Led To The Radarsat Constellation Mission
- Small Satellite Technology Being Developed at Ottawa Incubator ‘Greenhouse’