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  • May 06, 2022 12:28 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity to enable university students to attend the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2022) and to participate in the activities organized by the International Space Education Board (ISEB). Some of the selected applicants may also be invited to participate in the Space Generation Congress (SGC 2022). This Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is open to Canadian university students (undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels) until May 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The conference and ISEB activities will take place in Paris, France from September 17 to 23, 2022, and SGC 2022 will also take place in Paris from September 14 to 16, 2022.

    Please note that in order to be eligible for a grant, the student must have submitted an abstract to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for a presentation (oral or poster) at IAC 2022. The deadline to submit an abstract is February 28, 2022 and more information on the submission process can be found at the following website: IAC 2022 - Call for Papers.

  • May 02, 2022 14:27 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    In a single-car accident over the weekend, Royal Military College graduating students Jack Hogarth, Andrei Honciu, Broden Murphy and Andrés Salek tragically lost their lives.  The members of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute offer their profound condolences to the families, the classmates and professors, and the friends and loved ones of the four officer-cadets, as they grieve the devastating loss of four of Canada’s young leaders.

    Handout/Department of National Defence

  • April 26, 2022 10:41 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    The Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP)

    Canadian Section Symposium – 9 June 2022

    Holiday Inn & Suites Ottawa, Canada

    Before the outbreak of the pandemic the CASI Flight Test and Flight Operations (FT&FO) Section and the Canadian Section of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) had been planning to hold a joint event. We are optimistic that another opportunity to collaborate will be identified in the near future.

    Meanwhile SETP has announced it will hold a one-day symposium in Ottawa on 9 June 2022. More information and registration can be found here

  • April 15, 2022 14:22 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Canada Excellence Research Chair in Aerospace, Concordia University

    Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation, and a commitment to research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking, and public impact.

    Working with the government of Canada, Concordia is proud to present opportunities for established scholars to contribute to branding Canada as a location of choice for world-leading research in science and technology development, alongside other federal programs with similar objectives.

    Concordia University invites applications for a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) position in Sustainable, Smart and Resilient Aerospace.

    Please visit here for details on the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program and the available position.

    Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community. Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of local and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.

    Employment Equity

    Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

    Immigration status

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

  • April 07, 2022 10:38 | April Duffy (Administrator)
    The Canadian Space Agency Remembers Bjarni Tryggvason

    News release April 6, 2022 – Longueuil, Quebec

    Former Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason has passed away at the age of 76.

    Tryggvason was one of the original six Canadian astronauts selected in December 1983.

    He flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on August 7, 1997, as a payload specialist. He spent over 11 days in space, where he successfully operated a Canadian technology he helped develop: the Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount. Designed to isolate payloads from vibrations, this technology would later be adapted for the Canadian Microgravity Vibration Isolation Subsystem.

    Tryggvason was an engineer, scientist, educator, test pilot and proud father. He applied the highest standard to everything he did and will be remembered by his CSA colleagues, friends and family for his humour, dedication and originality.

    Among the awards and honours he received are the Canadian Space Agency Innovators Award, 2003; Order of the Falcon from Iceland; Doctorate of Philosophy (honoris causa), University of Iceland, 2000; Doctor of Science (honoris causa), Western University, 1998; NASA Space Flight Medal 1997; and numerous scholarships throughout his university years. Tryggvason was recently inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (2020) and was an associate member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.


    "It is with profound sadness that I learned of the passing of Canadian astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason. Bjarni was one of our first astronauts, and he made important contributions to Canada's space program. I want to extend my sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues. Pilot, meteorologist, researcher, professor and astronaut, Bjarni inspired a generation of Canadians to dream big and reach for the stars. I am eternally thankful to have known him."
    The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry 

    "I can’t believe my friend Bjarni Tryggvason is gone. We were both chosen as astronauts in 1983. He was the smartest engineer I ever met and a supremely skilled pilot. He taught me how to fly and patiently corrected me when I got it wrong. He was a fine human being. I miss him."
    The Honourable Marc Garneau, Member of Parliament

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    Please feel free to share your memories of Bjarni below.

  • March 29, 2022 13:39 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Our friends at TECTERRA are hosting NORTH51 in Banff on May 4 - 6, 2022!

    The DNA of geospatial technology is changing.

    The landscape of geospatial technology is changing; geospatial elements are being integrated into new technologies, supercharging the power of new-found data. The geospatial sector is evolving into an advanced industry with a brilliant future. Location data is bringing new context to businesses looking to understand how to solve problems in different ways and become more resilient. We are moving into a time where geospatial professionals and technologists are evolving as quickly as the sector is to meet new demands. Our industry is reforming with the fusing of historic geospatial technologies with new technologies and practices to create a new future for our sector, and countless others.

    Tickets for the 4th annual conference include two nights at The Rimrock Hotel, all meals, two outstanding social events, and limitless networking.

    Learn more about the NORTH51 and register by selecting here by April 11! 

  • March 29, 2022 12:21 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    The Royal Commonwealth Society of Toronto will host The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Gala on Friday, June 17, 2022.

    The event will be held in the Concert Hall at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, and you are invited to come and celebrate.

    This special evening, celebrating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years as Queen of Canada and Head of the Commonwealth, will be a Black-tie event featuring a reception with hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course dinner with wine.

    Additionally, there will be pomp and pageantry with music and tributes to our Queen. Our keynote speaker for the evening will be the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, who ensured Canada led the Commonwealth in the fight against Apartheid.

    To learn more about this exciting evening and to purchase tickets, please visit here

    People wishing to sit together should consider tables of 10, which can be reserved by direct contact.

  • March 18, 2022 15:41 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute would like to congratulate Dr. Priti Wanjara on recently upgrading her CASI membership from Associate Fellow to Fellow as part of her ongoing commitment to learning and professional development.

    Dr. Priti Wanjara is Principal Researcher and Manager at the National Research Council of Canada. She earned her B. Eng (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) degrees from McGill University in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. She started working for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in 2002 in the Aerospace division. Throughout her career, she has been concerned with the physical metallurgy of metals/alloys, and in particular with how this knowledge can be applied to welding process design for advanced manufacturing in the aerospace, automotive and power generation industries. Her work has emphasized the understanding of solidification and microstructural phenomena during welding of various aluminum-, magnesium-, iron-, zirconium, nickel- and titanium-based materials. Her most significant research contributions include her pioneering work on electron beam additive manufacturing, linear friction welding and friction stir welding (FSW), which has accelerated fabrication and refurbishment improvements of various components for various small medium enterprises, original equipment manufacturers and maintenance repair and overhaul industries. Dr. Wanjara is the author or co-author of over 200 papers published in refereed journals or conference proceedings and 100 NRC reports. She is recognized internationally as a leading material scientist in advanced manufacturing technologies. Some of her honors & awards include: G. MacDonald Young Award (ASM International), CWB Fellow (Canadian Welding Bureau), Silver Medal Award (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum), CASI Fellow (Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute).

    Sources: ASM International, LinkedIn

  • March 11, 2022 13:37 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Leading the Future Together!

    The 13th Annual Celebration of Women in Engineering (WIE) Wine & Cheese provides an opportunity for students in engineering to expand their network and spark valuable discussions in a low-pressure environment with experts, professionals, faculty, and fellow students in their interested career fields and create lasting bonds for years to come. We believe that the creativity and intellect of all members of society are essential to accelerate progress towards a sustainable future with innovative technology. Every year, the IEEE WIE University of Ottawa Student Branch works hard to bridge the gap between students and industry through events such as Wine & Cheese. This event is entirely run by students for students.

    For many students, this represents an opportunity to create meaningful links to the professional industry in Ottawa. For employers, this is an opportunity to meet in person the next wave of innovators and problem solvers. Expect to see many students from co-op and recent/soon-to-be graduates looking to find out more about you and your work! We hope that you will join us again this year!

    April 1, 2022 7PM-10PM 
    Museum of Nature - 
    240 McLeod St, Ottawa

    Please visit here for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • February 18, 2022 13:37 | April Duffy (Administrator)
    Group press release | Zurich, Switzerland 
    • In its largest order in the private space sector, ABB will supply multispectral imaging systems to Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics
    • Satellites equipped with ABB’s technology will be launched starting in 2023, enabling unprecedented daily global coverage of Earth’s ecosystems
    • High-quality imagery enabled by ABB’s technology will provide near real-time information about natural and human-caused change across the planet

    ABB has been awarded a contract worth around $30 million by the Canadian data and analytics company EarthDaily Analytics Corp. (EDA) to develop and manufacture next-generation multispectral imaging systems to be placed on 10 satellites (including an in-orbit spare) that will circle the Earth. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2022.

    Multispectral imaging systems capture data at specific light frequencies across a wide spectrum, and the EarthDaily Constellation network of satellites will be able to provide high-quality imagery in 22 spectral bands with resolution down to five meters.

    Please select the press release link above for more details.

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