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  • February 03, 2020 8:04 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Air Gaspé and Michel Pouliot are well known names in aviation history on the Quebec North Shore and Gaspé. The guest speaker at the Feb. 20, 2020 meeting of the Montreal CAHS Chapter will be former Air Gaspé pilot André Clermont. From the perspective of a long term employee, chief pilot and personal friend of founder Michel Pouliot, André will present a short history of this pioneer air service and tell of his involvement. Hired as crewman for Air Gaspé in 1967, André progressed to being their Chief Pilot and captain of the HS748 before leaving in 1973 to pilot DC9's and the Airbus 320 for Air Canada until retirement in 2004. Anticipate an entertaining hour including anecdotes and reminiscing about this colourful sector of Quebec aviation history. Copies of Michel Pouliot's 2018 biography will be available for purchase.

    Anyone interested in the history of civil or military aviation is welcome to attend this meeting which will start at 11:00 AM at the Pointe Claire Legion Hall, at 365 St-Louis. A light lunch is provided, for which a $5.00 voluntary landing fee is requested. For further information call Ron Dixon at 450-463-1998.

  • January 31, 2020 7:42 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the highest resolution image of the sun's surface ever taken. In this picture, taken at 789 nanometers (nm), we can see features as small as 30km (18 miles) in size for the first time ever. Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF

    Just released first images from the National Science Foundation's Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the sun's surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope.

    NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope, on the summit of Haleakala, Maui, in Hawai'i, will enable a new era of solar science and a leap forward in understanding the sun and its impacts on our planet.

    Activity on the sun, known as space weather, can affect systems on Earth. Magnetic eruptions on the sun can impact air travel, disrupt satellite communications and bring down power grids, causing long-lasting blackouts and disabling technologies such as GPS.

    The first images from NSF's Inouye Solar Telescope show a close-up view of the sun's surface, which can provide important detail for scientists. The images show a pattern of turbulent "boiling" plasma that covers the entire sun. The cell-like structures -- each about the size of Texas -- are the signature of violent motions that transport heat from the inside of the sun to its surface. That hot solar plasma rises in the bright centers of "cells," cools, then sinks below the surface in dark lanes in a process known as convection.

    Read full story at SpaceRef.com

  • 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.

    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.

    Read full story...

  • 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

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