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  • February 01, 2019 9:26 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Teens looking to “leave ordinary behind” have an opportunity to attend NAV CANADA’s Explore Aviation Summer Camp this summer.

    This year, 24 young women and 24 young men from across Canada will gather at the NAV CENTRE in Cornwall for a week of learning, fun and friendship with a focus on aviation. Last summer, 30 students attended the first edition of the camp and it was an experience they described as “awesome” and “one of the best weeks of my life”.

    Students looking to apply must do so before March 8, 2019. Participants will be chosen from across Canada by a NAV CANADA committee made up of aviation professionals.

    Read the full story...

  • January 23, 2019 8:52 AM | April Duffy (Administrator)

    This weekend's stunning lunar eclipse seems to have come with a little extra flash, thanks to a brilliant coincidence — a burst of light at about the time totality began, marking the end of a meteorite's journey to the moon. The meteor strike takes place in the region darkened by Earth's shadow, as you can see in videos of the eclipse at Space.com.

  • 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 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. 

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