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  • December 21, 2018 10:14 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    An investor group led by Tim Morgan announced on Dec. 20 that it will launch a Canadian ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) service in 2019, bringing affordable, low-cost air travel to millions of Canadians by this time next year.

    Read the full story on Skies Magazine website...

  • December 20, 2018 11:17 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

     A House of Commons e-petition in support of Canada’s space sector has gained enough signatures that the government will have to respond to it.

    The e-petition was started as part of the Don’t Let Go Canada Coalition campaign.

    Sign the e-petition now!

  • December 14, 2018 10:05 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Chuck Black, The Commercial Space BlogThe Quebec City PQ based ABB Canada measurement & analytics business unit is building sensors for the third in a series of upcoming microsats planned by Montreal PQ based GHGSat and, according to GHGSat president Stephane Germain, it most certainly makes sense to source out high quality Canadian based suppliers for Canadian based projects, especially if they come with the capabilities possessed by ABB.

    "We think we have a strong partnership with both ABB and the University of Toronto Institute of  Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratories (SFL)," he said during a recent interview with this blog.

    Read the full story on The Commercial Space Blog...

  • December 13, 2018 8:17 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    December 10, 2018 – Written by Adam Trumpour, Concept Designer at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Owner and Rocket Propulsion Researcher at AT Aerospace, and contributing team member of LaunchCanada.org

    Space internationally is changing fast, with new companies and new national players rising to prominence and challenging the status quo.  Unfortunately, it’s no secret that Canada, as one of those traditional spacefaring nations, has not been doing nearly enough to adapt and we are increasingly falling behind.  While other countries have been increasing their investment in space for years, ours has been falling.  For the sake of our country and our economy, we need to do much better.

    Our lack of a well-funded long-term space strategy has indeed been a major challenge, but there is another endemic problem in Canada that combines with this to seriously hold us back.  It’s one that cuts to the heart of how we create an ecosystem where innovation can thrive.

    Read the full article at dontletgocanada.ca

  • 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.

    Read the full atricle

  • December 04, 2018 8:33 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)
    Conference Opportunities for Sponsored Students

    ESA Education will provide sponsorship to a select few university students to support their participation in conferences. The selection is competitive, and clear priority will be given to students whose abstracts have been accepted by the conference organizers and who have not been sponsored by ESA before.

    Please click here for current opportunities.

  • November 26, 2018 8:49 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    January 21–25, 2019

    The Canada-Norway Student Sounding Rocket (CaNoRock) exchange program is a partnership between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan, the Royal Military College, the University of Oslo and the Andøya Space Center in Norway.

    Undergraduate students spend a week on site at the Andøya Space Center, gaining hands-on experience in sounding rocket and payload instrument design.

    For more information please attend our upcoming information session in DICE 7-395 at 12:00–13:00 on FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2018.

    Places are limited and undergraduates must apply through ISSET to be considered for the program.

    To apply please send your resume, an up-to-date, unofficial transcript from beartracks, and a one (1) page essay on why you should be considered for the CaNoRock program to isset@ualberta.ca

    Selection Criteria:

    • GPA
    • Career ambitions in space
    • Related projects & experience
    • Demonstrated Leadership and Teamwork
    • Presentation, ability to represent the university, compliance with application requirements
    • Short-listed candidates may be interviewed before final selection

    Applications must be submitted by email by 23:59:59 on Friday November 30, 2018.

    This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Canadian Space Agency. This funding covers all costs of the program (including travel, food, accommodation and range fees) except for registration with the University of Oslo. 

  • November 20, 2018 10:20 AM | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Canada is a nation founded by explorers. As a child, I enjoyed reading stories of our Indigenous Peoples, the Vikings, La Vérendrye, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and others. Their exploits are vital threads of Canada’s national fabric; their personality traits – vision, perseverance, courage – distinguished early Canadians from other world citizens. Their ambition inspired me, as did John F. Kennedy, who declared that we explore space “not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”

    Read More by Robert Thirsk - Ottawa Citizen

  • November 09, 2018 10:34 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    “ABB Canada is very proud of its involvement with GOSAT-2," according to Quebec PQ based ABB Canada Space and Defense systems director Marc-Andre Soucy, who talked with this blog on Thursday morning.

    The TANSO-FTS, also known as the GOSAT interferometer subsystemSoucy and company have reason to be proud of their contribution to the second Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) next generation satellite designed to monitor greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere.

    Read the full article on The Commercial Space Blog by Chuck Black

  • November 06, 2018 10:11 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)
    Designed for high accuracy measurement of carbon dioxide and methane concentrations globally, the new satellite is expected to double greenhouse gas readings per day over its GOSAT-1 predecessor.

    The Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite-2 (GOSAT-2) was launched on October 29, 2018 from the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan. The satellite carries an interferometer developed and manufac-tured by ABB in Quebec City, Canada. This same ABB technology is used on the ground for continuous emissions monitoring from industrial sources.

    GOSAT-2 rendering Mitsubishi Electric CorporationThe GOSAT-2 orbits the earth 15 times a day at an altitude of 613 km. Over a 6-day period, the satellite undertakes a complete mapping of the globe, taking over 100,000 precise measurements of the total methane, water vapor, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. These greenhouse gases (GHG) and vapor prevent the earth from effectively radiating heat into deep space thus resulting in an increase in global surface tempera-ture.

    “ABB is very proud of its involvement in the development of GOSAT-2. This second satellite relies on the heritage of GOSAT-1, a highly successful satellite in orbit since 2009. ABB has provided technologies for the Japanese space program for over 20 years, and contributed to several other high profile space misions like JPSS, NPP, Meteosat, IASI, SciSat, MetImage and more. All these contribute to a better understanding of our planet, and help overcome climate change challenges” said Marc-Andre Soucy, Space and Defense Systems Director at ABB Measurement & Analytics Business Unit.

    For the GOSAT-2 mission, over 50 ABB experts were involved in the design and manufacturing of the payload. The contract was awarded to ABB by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, acting as the primary equipment supplier for this successor mission. GOSAT-2 was jointly developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the National Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Ministry of Environment.

    ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, in-dustrial auto-mation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Con-tinuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitaliza-tion with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating indus-tries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB oper-ates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

    ABB has a strong history in Canada, and the company continues to expand and localize its offerings for customers. With its Canadian corporate headquarters in Montreal, ABB operates close to 50 facilities and employs approximately 4,000 people across Canada.


    For more information please contact:

    Media Relations

    Nancy Rochette

    Phone: +1 581-628-2211

    Email: nancy.c.rochette@ca.abb.com

    ABB inc

    3400, rue Pierre-Ardouin

    Québec, Qc G1P 0B2


    View this press release on ABB's website

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