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  • November 25, 2019 1:16 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Would you like to assist CASI Junior Member Aram Kerkorian to acquire input data in support of his PhD Thesis for the doctor of civil law degree the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law? If so, please continue reading...

    Dear Member of the Canadian Space Community:

    My name is Aram Daniel Kerkonian and I am completing a Doctor of Civil Law Degree at McGill University's Institute of Air and Space Law. The focus of my doctoral research is on Canada's regulatory framework related to space. As part of this research, I have prepared a questionnaire for members of the Canadian space community (government, industry, academia and others) meant to elicit perspectives on the role, efficacy and overall purpose of Canada's regulatory framework related to space. Your insights will inform part of my analysis, conclusions, recommendations and proposals related to Canada's space regulatory framework. My research is supervised by Prof. Ram Jakhu.

    It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire and you are welcome to complete as many or as few of the questions as you desire. Of course, the more information that is provided, the more significant will be your contribution to the final product. Although I will be able to identify participants and their answers, none of the information provided will be attributed to you or any entity you may represent in any way (including publications, presentations, etc.).

    The questionnaire is available until 15 December, 2019 and can be accessed at the following link: https://forms.gle/RPQv9CsPhBhcHZq17 

    I would very much appreciate it if you would share this note and/or link with your Canadian space networks, especially with those you believe would be interested in completing the questionnaire. Any questions can be directed to Aram Kerkonian.

    The questionnaire has been approved by McGill University's Research Ethics Board (#138-0819). It is required that you read and accept the Background and Participant Consent sections found at the top of the first page of the questionnaire before beginning.

    I thank you for your time and thoughtful comments and appreciate your desire to help shape recommendations on the future of Canadian space regulation.

    Very truly yours,

    Aram Daniel Kerkonian, JMCASI

  • 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.

    Source Express

  • 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)


    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).


  • 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)


    Dr. Robert E. Zee

    SFL Director



    Adam Bennett

    Product Marketing Director

    HawkEye 360 Inc.


    +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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  • January 18, 2019 12:40 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Farewell to the Good Old Days
    by David R. Greatrix

    Farewell to the Good Old Days is a lively and intimate tale by David Greatrix, a man who has lived a dynamic professional life, first as an aerospace engineer and then as a professor of the subject. The book, leaning heavily on the actual life experiences of Greatrix and a number of his academic colleagues close and far away, is divided into two discrete parts; the book’s narrator for both parts is nominally a fictional consolidated representation of Greatrix, drawing from various sources in addition to the author. Part One covers the narrator’s childhood and early adulthood, followed by his moving into his years of growth as a professional breaking into the challenging field of aerospace engineering. Part Two tracks the narrator’s subsequent twenty-five-year academic career as a professor of aerospace engineering at a university in a major urban centre.

    Prominent in this story are the many challenges the narrator encounters in his navigation of academe in a high-profile setting for engineering education. In an emotional narrative that never strays far from various shades of humour, the narrator shares the details of his teaching and research experience at this institution, frequently bumping up against the pointy bits of an evolving cosmopolitan academic culture.

    In colourful detail, the narrator reveals the small successes, notable failures, unexpected events, and crushing disappointments that describe his tenure at his university. The narrator is especially candid in his revelations about episodes of betrayal. He takes aim at big targets, including the Canadian government, university administrators, and the academic superstructure as a whole. The result is an enlightening view into an individual’s complicated experience in a demanding world that serves as a microcosm of society at large.

    Author Website | Purchase Your Copy

  • December 04, 2018 8:45 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    2019 Call for Applications

    The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce its 2019 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme that provides opportunities for students and young professionals to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress.

    The young people selected to take part in the 2019 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme will participate in the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) scheduled to take place in Washington D.C., United States, from 21 – 25 October 2019. The individuals selected will also participate in other activities held the week prior to and during the Congress such as the UN/IAF Workshop, the Space Generation Congress (SGC) or the Young Professionals Workshop; the Cross-Cultural Communications and Presentation Workshop; and IAF International Student Workshop.

    Students and Young Professionals between the ages of 21 and 35 on 1 January 2019 with space-related career interests are encouraged to apply to the programme. Up to twenty-five students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2019 programme.

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