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  • February 25, 2021 08:36 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Researchers believe they have closed the case of what killed the dinosaurs, definitively linking their extinction with an asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago by finding a key piece of evidence: asteroid dust inside the impact crater.

    Death by asteroid rather than by a series of volcanic eruptions or some other global calamity has been the leading hypothesis since the 1980s, when scientists found asteroid dust in the geologic layer that marks the extinction of the dinosaurs. This discovery painted an apocalyptic picture of dust from the vaporized asteroid and rocks from impact circling the planet, blocking out the sun and bringing about mass death through a dark, sustained global winter - all before drifting back to Earth to form the layer enriched in asteroid material that's visible today.

    Select here to read the rest of the article on astrobiology web...

  • January 18, 2021 12:53 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

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    Online lecture | February 18, 2021 | 11:00 EST

    Aerodynamic drag is the nemesis of the aircraft designer, but its causes and effects are often misunderstood. In this lecture, Dr. John Maris, FRAeS, FCASI, will present an amusing retrospective on drag, its causes, and mitigation. Key points will be accentuated with historical imagery and video clips.

    Along the way, Dr. Maris will answer some commonly asked questions (what would happen if golf balls weren’t dimpled? Why does the 747 have a hump?). He will also try to dispel some longstanding myths (no, it’s not air friction that causes re-entering space vehicles and meteorites to glow red-hot). Along the way, Dr. Maris will highlight a simple error that held back aircraft design for more than twenty years. Please join us for an interesting journey beginning in 1738 when Daniel Bernoulli published his Hydrodynamica, and ending with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipOne deploying its “feathers” during re-entry.

    Dr. Maris is the Chairman of the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate and a Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame inductee. Dr. Maris is an Associate Fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and has a Ph.D. in Aviation Safety and Human Factors. He is a practicing aeronautical engineer, lecturer, and experimental test pilot.

    There is no charge for the Lecture, but attendees are requested to pre-register by February 16, 2021 online at:


    We welcome our partners and their members: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Niagara Frontier Section and the Canadian Aeronautics and Space institute (CASI).

  • January 06, 2021 13:30 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Mr. Geoffrey Languedoc, Executive Director of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, is pleased to announce the results of the election of senior executives for the 2021‐2022 term.

    Dr. Harry J. Kowal has been elected President. Dr. Kowal is Principal of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Kowal recently retired from the Canadian Forces with the rank of Brigadier‐General. Harry Kowal also serves as the Senior Academic Advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy and is considered the senior academic in the Department of National Defence.

    His educational background includes a BEng and Masters of Defence Studies from RMC; an MA in Strategic Studies from Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; and MSc and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

    Mr. Allen Conrad has been elected Vice President. His 34‐year career in the Royal Canadian Air Force included senior engineering management roles on the CF‐104, CF‐5 and CF‐18 aircraft programs; serving as the Superintendent of the Quality Engineering Test Establishment (QETE); and as Program Manager for the Department of National Defence Y2K program. From 2005 to 2018 he was Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Development for IMP Aerospace & Defence. His most recent position was with the Faculty of Engineering and Design of Carleton University as Research Development Advisor to the Dean.

    Al graduated from Collège Militaire Royale de St Jean with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics and then completed a Master of Science degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Toronto.

    Dr. Jacques Giroux becomes Past President, while Dr. Ian Fejtek steps down from his previous position as Past President.

    For more information contact the CASI Headquarters at (613) 591‐8787.

  • December 16, 2020 13:38 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

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    Dr. Jacques Giroux, president of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute for 2019- 20, has announced the honourees of the 2020 CASI Senior Awards.

    The Awards and the recipients are:

    1. The Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy

    Canadian Forces 415 Squadron

    2. CASI McCurdy Award

    Ms. Kahina Oudjehani, Bombardier Aerospace

    3. CASI C.D. Howe Award

    Mr. James Quick, Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

    4. CASI Alouette Award

    Professor James R. Drummond, University of Toronto

    The criteria for each of the Senior Awards discerned in 2020 and summaries of the accomplishments of the honourees are found in the full PDF Version.

    Presentation of the Awards will be made via internet events due to Covid-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings.

    For more information, please contact the headquarters of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute at (613) 591-8787.

  • October 19, 2020 12:49 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    One hundred years ago, an intrepid group of Canadian aviators completed a significant nation-building effort – the first crossing of Canada by air. The flight began at Canadian Air Board Station Dartmouth, N.S., at 8 a.m. on Oct. 7, 1920, and touched down at Minoru Park Racetrack in Richmond, B.C., at 11:25 a.m. on Oct. 17 — having flown nearly 5,400 kilometres (3,355 miles) in 10.5 days and logging just over 49 hours of flying time.

    This noteworthy accomplishment needs to be viewed in context. The First World War had recently finished, and a new combat arm, the Air Force, had been born over the fields of Flanders, the deserts of the Middle East and the trackless wastes of the Atlantic and North Sea. Canada played a significant role in achieving victory in the air as more than 20,000 young Canadian men took to the skies. Though they did so as part of the British Flying Services and not as part of a Canadian military air service.

    Read the full article Posted on October 19, 2020 by Retired colonel John L. Orr on Skies Magazine...

  • October 09, 2020 11:38 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The first artifact recovered by the “Raise the Arrow” team broke the surface of Lake Ontario on August 12, 2018—seeing the light of day for the first time in more than 60 years.

    The artifact was discovered during the search for the 1/8th-scale free flight models (FFM) of the famed CF-105 Avro Arrow that were launched over Lake Ontario during testing of the supersonic aircraft’s design in the 1950s. “This is an unexpected success,” said John Burzynski, leader of the “Raise the Arrow” project. “It’s something we didn’t really know existed.”...

    Read the full article from the Maple Leaf on the RCAF website...

  • September 09, 2020 09:47 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    For the first time ever — and as Canada works to reposition itself in the crowded global space race — the federal government has tasked a woman to lead the Canadian Space Agency.

    The Government of Canada announced today that Lisa Campbell will replace Sylvain Laporte as president of the CSA. The news release announcing her appointment noted that new appointments to key agencies and departments "respect the principle of diversity."

    "One thing I have learned through my career is you've got to dream big and you've got to reach for your own stars. So I tried to do that throughout my career," Campbell told CBC News. "I am humbled and honoured by this opportunity."

    Read the full story on CBC News...

  • August 19, 2020 14:31 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    George "Ray" Gibson
    April 14, 1926 - August 14, 2020

    CASI Associate Fellow Member

    CAHS National and Toronto Chapter member (CAHS # 1220).

    Ray was a founding member of the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Aeronautical Institute (CAI) and which is known to-day as the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.  He served many years on the Branch's Executive.  

    He worked for Avro Canada from 1953 to 1959 and was in charge of the jet engine tests on the ground prior to the first flight and then in the air of the Pratt and Whitney engines installed in the first five CF-105 Arrow aircraft that Avro built and had test flown.

    Suddenly on August 14, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by his family. Ray has gone to join his beloved wife June of many years. Cherished father of son Glenn Gibson and daughter Cheri Gibson.

    During his youth Ray was a talented pilot and had worked on many aerospace projects. Ray will be missed by his friends and colleagues in The Rotary Club of Bramalea, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers and The Honorable Company of the Freemen of the City of London.

    Donations may be made in memory of Ray to the Health League of Canada. For more information and to sign the guestbook please visit here: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/scott-brampton/obituaries/george-raymond-gibson/54128/Guestbook

  • July 03, 2020 08:39 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Are you a university student and looking for an exciting opportunity to gain hands-on experience outside of the lecture hall? Here is your chance to fly your experiment on a sounding rocket or a stratospheric balloon with the REXUS/BEXUS programme!

    The Call for Proposals for 14th cycle of the Swedish-German REXUS/BEXUS programme is now open until the 14th of October 2020, 23:59 (CEST).

    The REXUS/BEXUS Programme allows students from across ESA member states, Slovenia and Canada to apply for a unique opportunity to fly their experiment to the edge of space on board a sounding rocket (REXUS) or a stratospheric balloon (BEXUS). Every year around 20 teams participate in this exciting programme.


  • May 08, 2020 08:09 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all segments of the space community. In this weeks SpaceQ podcast, Marc Boucher speaks with Geoff Languedoc from CASI.

    With the COVID-19 virus becoming a global pandemic I wanted to talk to people within the space community about how their organizations are coping, and also get a little personal and talk about life at home. This is the second interview in this feature.

    Geoff Languedoc is the Executive Director of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. CASI as it’s known, is a not-for-profit scientific and technical organization that traces its roots back to 1954. It became the formal organization it is today in 1962 with the merger of the Toronto based Canadian Astronautical Society and the Montreal-based Astronautical Society of Canada. This put the organization squarely at the forefront of the new space age. Today the organization serves a diverse membership across Canada and hosts some important annual conferences that brings the community together.

    Listen to the SpaceQ Podcast

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