The co-founder of a small Quebec company says he’s excited about being asked by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to design and develop creeper seats to help workers inspect the California-based aerospace manufacturer’s Falcon 9 rockets.“They’ve asked us to develop something that would look cool and that of course would be efficient,” Erik Sieb of Creepex Inc. said in an interview.The Quebec City-based company is preparing to ship its specially designed under rocket mobility seats that will allow engineers to work comfortably under the belly of the rockets.Ottawa’s bet on low earth orbit satellites a ‘positive step’ for rural internet: industryMoon to get its own 4G mobile network next year via SpaceX rocketCreepex was approached about 18 months ago by a SpaceX engineer.It initially tried to use a system already in its portfolio, but was asked by SpaceX to develop a device with a powered back rest that could recline to a flat position that also had places to hold tools.The new device will also be able to operate higher off the ground than is typically used to work under a truck.After visiting the SpaceX facility, Sieb said the company took the request as a challenge.SpaceX marked the 50th launch of a Falcon 9 rocket earlier this month.Sieb said SpaceX warned that the few devices it will order likely won’t be enough to cover the research and development. Each unit will likely sell for less than $5,000. “But we thought it’s too cool to not give it a try,” he said.Sieb, who described himself as a huge Elon Musk fan, said there was an energy at the SpaceX facility that’s incomparable and exciting.“I listen to everything he does, everything he says. It’s interesting the way he thinks,” he said of Musk.SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Sieb said some of the attributes it developed for SpaceX will probably find their way on to new devices.Creepex was founded in 2011 by Sieb and Andre Wagner.The company designs, manufactures and distributes creepers for garage mechanics that are made in China. Sieb said the SpaceX device will be designed and built in Quebec City.
Citing a lack of hoped for discussions with the industry and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Dene Tha’ First Nation is taking the provincial government to court over concerns about Northeast BC shale gas development.In a petition filed with the BC Supreme Court, it is challenging the Energy Ministry’s decision last year to sell oil and gas tenures in the Cordova Basin.- Advertisement -It is located within the First Nation’s traditional Northeast BC territory, and Dene Tha’ is concerned about the impact of shale gas development on its constitutionally-protected Treaty-8 hunting, fishing, and trapping rights.It is also citing hydraulic fracking concerns with regard to water quality and quantity, and the lack of adequate information on potential environmental impacts to area in question.Thus in the lawsuit it is asking the court to set aside the tenure sales, and to order the province to engage in a meaningful consultation process with the Dene Tha’, that fully addresses its concerns.