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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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • September 18, 2018 8:11 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    In Canada, we celebrate our differences, embrace our vibrant cultural mosaic, and try to take care of each other.

    And we’re (usually) pretty low key about our achievements. But, did you know Canada was the 3rd country in space, the 1st to have a satellite telecommunications system, and 1st to have an operational and commercially-focused radar remote sensing system? And today, thanks to that 60-year legacy, Canada is a world leader in satellite communications, Earth observation, space robotics (go Canadarm!), space science, optics and sensors. Canada has had more astronauts go to space than any other country except the US and Russia (and our astronauts are way cooler too).

    View the webpage for more


  • July 16, 2018 8:33 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    (L to R) Harry Kowal, Geoff Languedoc, Jacques Giroux

    Mr. Geoffrey Languedoc, Executive Director of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute, is pleased to announce the results of the election of senior executives of the Institute for the 2018-2020 term.

    Dr. Jacques Giroux has been elected President. Jacques Giroux is Business Development Manager for Space and Defence Systems in ABB’s Measurements and Analytics Business Unit located in Québec City, Canada. This business unit is part of ABB Inc., a Canadian corporate member of the ABB group that operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

    Dr. Giroux obtained a BSc degree in Physics from Laval University in Quebec City. He earned his MSc and PhD degrees in Nuclear Physics also at Laval University, followed by post-doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, under an NSERC (Canada) fellowship.

    Dr. Harry J. Kowal has been elected Vice President. Dr. Kowal is Principal of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Kowal recently retired from the Canadian Forces with the rank of Brigadier-General. Harry Kowal also serves as the Senior Academic Advisor to the Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy and is considered the senior academic in the Department of National Defence.

    His educational background includes a BEng and Masters of Defence Studies from RMC; an MA in Strategic Studies from Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia; and MSc and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

    Dr. Ian Fejtek becomes Past President, while Dr. Iain Christie steps down from his previous position as Past President.

    For more information contact the headquarters of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute at (613) 591-8787.

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