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  • May 08, 2020 08:09 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all segments of the space community. In this weeks SpaceQ podcast, Marc Boucher speaks with Geoff Languedoc from CASI.

    With the COVID-19 virus becoming a global pandemic I wanted to talk to people within the space community about how their organizations are coping, and also get a little personal and talk about life at home. This is the second interview in this feature.

    Geoff Languedoc is the Executive Director of the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute. CASI as it’s known, is a not-for-profit scientific and technical organization that traces its roots back to 1954. It became the formal organization it is today in 1962 with the merger of the Toronto based Canadian Astronautical Society and the Montreal-based Astronautical Society of Canada. This put the organization squarely at the forefront of the new space age. Today the organization serves a diverse membership across Canada and hosts some important annual conferences that brings the community together.

    Listen to the SpaceQ Podcast

  • April 24, 2020 08:06 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    H. Clare Eatock
    May 15, 1927 - April 21, 2020

    Charter Member of CASI (1954), Fellow (1975), Chair of Montreal Branch in 1974-5, CASI President in 1990-91.

    Henry Clare Eatock (Clare) was the beloved husband of Ruth, née Purdon; father of Brian Clare Eatock (Judy Keays), Ruth Anne Eatock (John Maunsell), and Lori Jane Forester (Gord Forfar); and grandfather of Alex and Ben Forester and Helen and James Maunsell.

    Clare studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Toronto (class of 1948) and moved into a long and fulfilling career in gas turbine engine research, design and management at A.V. Roe and Orenda Engines (1948-1968) and Pratt and Whitney Canada (1968-1994). Clare’s love of work and sense of his own good fortune imbued his life with optimism. Please visit here to read more, make a donation and share a memory with his family.

  • April 20, 2020 14:18 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Major General DW (Bill) Goss, CD, P Eng, Fellow of CASI  June 18, 1922 - April 11, 2020 

    He served for 36 years in the RCAF and Canadian Forces, and was a wartime flying instructor and Mosquito pilot. Post war, he was an engineer and project manager for the Velvet  Glove air to air missile, the Arrow, the BOMARC, and the CF-104 programs, followed by many senior appointments.

    He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1976 to become a successful businessman, from which he retired in 2002 at age 80. Please visit here for more and to sign the guestbook.

  • April 09, 2020 10:23 | Todd Legault (Administrator)


    Aerospace Tech Week 2020 was prevented from happening, due to the Coronovirus outbreak, and we are delighted to announce new dates for the next event of 24th-25th March 2021 - ensure you save the dates in your diary for the premier exhibition and conference for the aerospace technology community.

    In the meantime we are delighted to be able to offer you a series of short Free to Attend Training Webinars delivered by AFuzion. These One-Hour Webinars will provide an introduction to key areas and help you better understand developing regulations and compliance requirements.

    More details and to register visit www.aerospacetechweek.com/webinars


    Tuesday 5th May
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Optimizing Avionics Software Development/Certification per DO-178C

    Monday 25th May
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Understanding Aviation Cyber-Security
    per DO-326A / ED-202A Set

    Thursday 11th June
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Applying Model Based Development (MBD) per DO-331

    Thursday 25th June
    10am(EST) / 3pm(UK) / 4pm(CET)

    Best Practices for Aircraft/Avionics System Development per ARP4754A


  • March 16, 2020 09:15 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

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    Avec les thèses et les postdoctorats du CNES : inventons l’espace du futur!

     Chaque année, le CNES accorde une centaine d’allocations de recherche (thèses et postdoctorats) à des étudiants français et étrangers, dans les domaines des :

    • Sciences pour l’ingénieur (systèmes orbitaux, systèmes de transport spatial) ;
    • Sciences utilisatrices des moyens spatiaux (sciences de l’univers, sciences de la Terre, sciences en micropesanteur) ; et
    • Sciences humaines et sociales (juridique, histoire, économie, sociologie, psychologie, etc.).

    Il contribue ainsi, de façon très significative, à l’effort de formation par la recherche, des ingénieurs et des chercheurs qui inventeront les systèmes spatiaux du futur.

    L'appel à candidatures du CNES est maintenant ouvert. Toutes les offres de thèses et postdoctorats sont disponibles sur le site Web du CNES à cette adresse. Vous y trouverez la liste des sujets de thèses susceptibles d’être cofinancés, les conditions et modalités de candidature ainsi que les coordonnées de vos interlocuteurs CNES.

    La date de limite de réception des candidatures est fixée au 31 mars 2020 à minuit (CEST).

    Nous vous invitons à relayer ce message auprès des personnes de votre entourage qui pourraient être intéressées.

    With CNES theses and postdoctorates: let's invent the space of the future!

    Each year, CNES awards approximately one hundred research grants (theses and post-doctorates) to French and foreign students, in the fields of:

    • Engineering sciences (orbital systems, space transport systems);
    • Sciences using space resources (universe sciences, Earth sciences, microgravity sciences); and,
    • Human and social sciences (legal, history, economics, sociology, psychology, etc.).

    This initiative contributes, in a very significant way, to the research training of engineers and researchers who will invent the space systems of the future.

    CNES’s call for applications is now open. All thesis and post-doctorate offers are available on the CNES website at this address. Here you will find the list of thesis subjects likely to be co-funded, the conditions of the application, and CNES points of contact.

    The deadline for submitting an application is March 31, 2020, at midnight (CEST).

    We invite you to relay this message to people in your network who may be interested.

  • February 21, 2020 10:46 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    An image of the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden taken by a camera on LightSail 2 on Jan. 19, 2020. (Image: © The Planetary Society)

    LightSail 2 has been orbiting Earth for eight months now, and it has captured some stunning shots of our home planet during that time.

    The Planetary Society built the spacecraft, which launched in June 2019 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, to prove the potential of solar sailing. Rather than relying on conventional fuel, LightSail 2 uses a massive sail to catch photons (light particles) from the sun to power the spacecraft's orbit. The goal is for LightSail 2 to remain in orbit for about a year.

    Read the full story by Meghan Bartels on Space.com

  • February 19, 2020 07:39 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The rising clamor over aviation's carbon emissions could add impetus to studies of unconventional aircraft configurations, and offer a step change in efficiency – beyond simple improvements in engine technology. Here are some of the novel concepts being considered. This article was originally published in 2019.

    Read full article on Aviation Week Network

  • January 31, 2020 07:42 | 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 07:03 | 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 | 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...

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