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  • January 17, 2020 7:03 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Scanning electron micrograph of a dated presolar silicon carbide grain. The grain is ~8 micrometers in its longest dimension. CREDIT Image courtesy of Janaína N. Ávila.

    Stars have life cycles. They're born when bits of dust and gas floating through space find each other and collapse in on each other and heat up. They burn for millions to billions of years, and then they die.

    When they die, they pitch the particles that formed in their winds out into space, and those bits of stardust eventually form new stars, along with new planets and moons and meteorites. And in a meteorite that fell fifty years ago in Australia, scientists have now discovered stardust that formed 5 to 7 billion years ago-the oldest solid material ever found on Earth.

    "This is one of the most exciting studies I've worked on," says Philipp Heck, a curator at the Field Museum, associate professor at the University of Chicago, and lead author of a paper describing the findings in PNAS. "These are the oldest solid materials ever found, and they tell us about how stars formed in our galaxy."

    Read full store on astrobiology.com...

  • January 03, 2020 10:01 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Areas for Potential Collaboration

    CASI and CSEO will identify and give effect to opportunities that are expected to be mutually beneficial, including:

    • Organising joint activities to further the objectives of the Parties;
    • Offering special benefits for members of both organisations such as discounts and other considerations at conferences, meetings, etc;
    • Sharing information about networking opportunities that are intended to attract students and young professionals to the space sector in Canada and Cyprus;
    • Working together to generate enthusiasm for space programs in Canada and Cyprus on the part of the general public, and through space-related activities to underscore the benefits of investment in space to responsible levels of government in Canada and Cyprus;
    • Cooperating in the design of new programmes, platforms, infrastructure and global alliances related to science and innovation and the interdisciplinary growth of science, innovation, education, entrepreneurship and space initiatives;
    • Organising conferences, workshops, brokering events and public knowledge initiatives with the participation of space industry, leading science, innovation and technology experts which compose the networks, community and professional horizon of the Parties

    Read the full MOU...

  • December 23, 2019 5:14 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Airbus unveiled the iconic RCAF yellow search and rescue livery on the C-295 in October. Airbus Photo

    Posted on December 20, 2019 by Skies Magazine

    The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) took delivery of its first Airbus CC-295 fixed-wing search and rescue (FWSAR) aircraft on Dec. 18.

    The delivery itself seems to have been a low-key event without much fanfare. An Airbus spokesperson told Skies on Dec. 20 that the OEM had no plans to publish an official press release about the delivery. However, he referenced a brief tweet on the Airbus Defence & Space Twitter account, which was posted on Dec. 20, two days after the delivery reportedly occurred.

    In November, Skies reported that complications with the CC-295’s technical manuals could delay the first delivery. Airbus unveiled the aircraft in RCAF livery in mid-October.

    Read more on Skies Magazine

  • September 26, 2019 8:40 AM | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Flights could be very quick in years to come thanks to a new and very powerful plane engine. Flying to New York could take just one hour and a trip to Australia could be over in four hours with the new technology. UK firm Reaction Engines is creating the super engine that could see holidaymakers jetting around the world at top speed. The technology company has said it intends to deliver a “truly versatile propulsion system".


    Flights: The new engine will be “a hybrid air-breathing rocket engine" (Image: Reaction Engines)


    It will be “a hybrid air-breathing rocket engine that can power an aircraft from a standing start to over five times the speed of sound for hypersonic flight in the atmosphere.”

    The engine is dubbed the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE) and “represents a defining moment in powered flight.” It will also power spacecraft.

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  • September 13, 2019 9:26 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The Strategic Space Law Course (15-18 October) is a 4-day intensive, interdisciplinary, international and interactive workshop offered byMcGill's Institute of Air and Space Law in Montreal. This course provides a unique opportunity for lawyers, policy advisors and other professionals in the defence services, international relations, government, international organisations, law firms, consulting firms and industry around the world to study space law in a strategic context. Lectures will be delivered by world-class academics and subject-matter experts from the military and industry.

    More information...

  • August 22, 2019 9:04 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    2019-08-19

    The Canadian Space Agency has awarded two contracts for external robotics interfaces in preparation for Canadarm3, Canada's contribution to the US-led Lunar Gateway.

    These interfaces will permit Canadarm3 to attach and operate on the exterior of the Gateway modules.

    The first contract is awarded to MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), a Maxar company. The contract covers concept and technology development activities of robotics interfaces for the "exploration large arm," or XLA.

    The second contract is also awarded to MDA, a Maxar company. The contract covers concept and technology development activities of robotics interfaces for the smaller "exploration dexterous arm," or XDA.

    The contracts have a combined value of approximately $7 million (excluding taxes).

    Read more...

  • August 12, 2019 2:14 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    A new type of nuclear reactor designed to power crewed outposts on the moon and Mars could be ready for its first in-space trial just a few years from now, project team members said.

    A flight test is the next big step for the Kilopower experimental fission reactor, which aced a series of critical ground tests from November 2017 through March 2018. No off-Earth demonstration is on the books yet, but Kilopower should be ready to go by 2022 or so if need be, said Patrick McClure, Kilopower project lead at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

    "I think we could do this in three years and be ready for flight," McClure said late last month during a presentation with NASA's Future In-Space Operations working group.

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  • April 24, 2019 2:30 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Dr. Jacques Giroux, president of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute for 2018‐19, has announced the recipients of the 2019 CASI Senior Awards.

    The Awards and the recipients are:

    1. The Trans‐Canada (McKee) TrophyColonel (ret) Don Matthews

    2. CASI McCurdy Award - Mr. Stephen McCullough, Bombardier Aerospace

    3. CASI C.D. Howe Award - Mr. Rob Dewar, Bombardier Aerospace

    4. CASI Roméo Vachon Award - Mr. Jean‐Marc Leclerc, Bombardier Aerospace

    5. CASI Alouette Award - M Frédéric Pelletier, KinetX Aerospace Inc.

    Presentation of the CASI McCurdy Award, the CASI C.D. Howe Award and the CASI

    Roméo Vachon Award will be made during the Gala Dinner on the evening of

    Wednesday 15 May as part of the CASI AERO 2019 conference in Laval, Quebec.

    Presentation of the Trans‐Canada (McKee) Trophy will be made at the Air Force Museum of Alberta, Calgary AB on May 5, 2019.

    Presentation of the 2019 CASI Alouette Award will be made at a time and place TBC.

    Read the full Press Release for full information

  • April 01, 2019 10:04 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    TORONTO, March 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) has been awarded the prime contract to develop the next generation cluster of formation-flying microsatellites for HawkEye 360 Inc. of Herndon, Va. The HawkEye Constellation, comprised of multiple clusters of three satellites each, is the first of its kind to detect and geolocate radio frequency (RF) signals for maritime, emergency response, and spectrum analysis applications.

    SFL built the platforms and integrated the HawkEye 360 Pathfinder cluster which was launched into low-Earth orbit in December 2018 and commissioned early this year. The three formation-flying Pathfinder microsatellites have successfully demonstrated geolocation of VHF, emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), automatic identification system (AIS) and marine radar signals.

    “Through the development, launch and commissioning of our Pathfinder cluster, SFL demonstrated exceptional ability to deliver the solution we required,” said HawkEye 360 Founder and Chief Technology Officer Chris DeMay. “Their customer-first approach and engineering prowess resulted in the first-of-its-kind RF analytics we are generating today. We are proud to continue partnering with SFL on the development of our next set of spacecraft as we expand on-orbit capacity and enhance our capability to meet customer demands.”

    SFL is developing the next-generation cluster to service more sophisticated payloads as HawkEye 360 broadens its detection and geolocation capabilities. The cluster will incorporate SFL technologies that make on-orbit formation flying possible. Most prominent of these technologies is the high-performance attitude control system developed by SFL to keep micro- and nanosatellites stable in orbit.

    “The microsatellite bus selected by HawkEye 360 for the next-gen cluster is one we developed specifically to address the economics of commercial space activities,” said SFL Director Dr. Robert E. Zee.

    SFL satellite technology was selected for the HawkEye 360 Pathfinder mission due to the importance of formation flying by multiple satellites for successful RF signal geolocation and analysis. The relative positions of each satellite in the constellation must be known to accurately geolocate the transmission sources of the radio frequency signals. SFL first demonstrated affordable on-orbit formation control with smaller satellites in the 2014 Canadian CanX-4/CanX-5 mission.

    “We have developed compact, low-cost formation flying technology for commercial exploitation that is unmatched by any other satellite developer,” said Zee.

    Established in 1998 as a self-sustaining specialty lab at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), SFL has built 25 nano- and microsatellites with nearly 100 cumulative years of successful operation in orbit to date.

    About Space Flight Laboratory (www.utias-sfl.net)

    SFL generates bigger returns from smaller, lower cost satellites. Small satellites built by SFL consistently push the performance envelope and disrupt the traditional cost paradigm. Satellites are built with advanced power systems, stringent attitude control and high-volume data capacity that are striking relative to the budget. SFL arranges launches globally and maintains a mission control center accessing ground stations worldwide. The pioneering and barrier breaking work of SFL is a key enabler to tomorrow’s cost aggressive satellite constellations. (www.utias-sfl.net)

    Follow SFL on Twitter @SFL_SmallerSats.

    About HawkEye 360

    HawkEye 360 is a Radio Frequency (RF) data analytics company. We operate a first-of-its-kind commercial satellite constellation to identify, process, and geolocate a broad set of RF signals. We extract value from this unique data through proprietary algorithms, fusing it with other sources to create powerful analytical products that solve hard challenges for our global customers. Our products include maritime domain awareness and spectrum mapping and monitoring; our customers include a wide range of commercial, government and international entities. (www.he360.com)

    Contacts:

    Dr. Robert E. Zee

    SFL Director

    1-416-667-7400

    info@utias-sfl.net


    Adam Bennett

    Product Marketing Director

    HawkEye 360 Inc.

    adam@he360.com

    +1 (571) 203-0360

  • March 01, 2019 11:26 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)


    Saint-Hubert, Quebec - February 28, 2019

    From pioneering satellite communications technologies to building the ‘Canadarm’ and space-based radar systems, Canada has made key contributions to space science and technology for close to six decades. Investing in science, innovation, and research unlocks new opportunities for economic growth, creates thousands of jobs for hard-working Canadians, and helps us understand the world we live in and our place in it.

    Fifty years after the Moon landing, space exploration is entering a new chapter – and Canada will play a big role in it. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced Canada’s new partnership in the NASA-led Lunar Gateway – a project that will see humans return to the Moon and set the stage for further exploration to Mars.

    The Gateway is a Moon outpost that will provide living space for astronauts, a docking station for visiting spacecraft, and laboratories for research. Canada will develop and contribute a smart robotic system – Canadarm3 – that will repair and maintain the Gateway.

    Canada’s partnership in the Gateway ushers in a new era of Canadian excellence in space, and will be the cornerstone of Canada’s new, ambitious space strategy. The Government of Canada will invest $2.05 billion over 24 years for Canada’s space program. This investment will create hundreds of good, well-paying jobs over the next ten years – from scientists and engineers to technicians and computer programmers – and will contribute $100 million annually to Canada’s gross domestic product.

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