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Institut aéronautique et spatial du Canada


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  • October 11, 2018 1:18 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)
    NASA Statement on Soyuz MS-10 Launch Abort

    The following is a statement about Thursday’s Soyuz MS-10 launch aboard to the International Space Station:

    “The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 11 (2:40 p.m. in Baikonur) carrying American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. Shortly after launch, there was an anomaly with the booster and the launch ascent was aborted, resulting in a ballistic landing of the spacecraft.

    “Search and rescue teams were deployed to the landing site. Hague and Ovchinin are out of the capsule and are reported to be in good condition. They will be transported to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia outside of Moscow.

    “NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and the NASA team are monitoring the situation carefully. NASA is working closely with Roscosmos to ensure the safe return of the crew. Safety of the crew is the utmost priority for NASA. A thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.”

    A video replay of the launch is available on SpaceRef.

  • September 18, 2018 8:21 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, MDA’s Mike Greenley (Group President) and Holly Johnson (President’s Business Manager) will launch the Canadian Club of Ottawa’s fall season, with a speech entitled “Securing Canada's Place in Space”. The luncheon will take place in the Château Laurier – Ballroom.

    Finally, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute will hold a conference on Tuesday, October 16th entitled, "Ready for Launch: Preparing Canada for a Future in Space". 


    Feel free to share this information with colleagues and friends, and also follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share via the hashtag #DontLetGoCanada.

  • 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

  • September 18, 2018 8:06 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    INTRODUCTION: The first men walked upon the Moon in 1969. Since then, 61 women from multiple nations have travelled into Space. Several countries are now actively aiming for the Moon, including a Human Return to the Moon. The First Woman to the Moon is walking among us.

    GRAND PRIZE: Winner will attend all sessions, ceremonies and activities at ILOA Galaxy Forum Hainan 2018, China on 4-7 December, and participate in the “First Women on the Moon” special luncheon panel featuring Astronauts Soyeon Yi, Naoko Yamazaki, other women Astronauts from China and USA (TBD); and potentially an Apollo Moonwalker. Direct purchase by ILOA will cover round-trip regular class airline travel to Hainan Island, hotel accommodation at Hilton Wenchang, Galaxy Forum registration fee and meals. Reimbursement for reasonable traveling incidentals such as meals at airports and ground transportation will be covered. Reimbursement for passport and visa, and expedited fees, will also be provided, if necessary.

    Full details here

  • August 23, 2018 9:44 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC) is chipping in $50,000 towards addressing the aviation and aerospace labour shortage, and it is calling on industry donors to match that amount.

    The money will be used by ATAC’s Aviation Professionals Recruitment Working Group to fund a plan designed to entice more young people to join the industry.

    The need is dire: A March 2018 labour market study performed by the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA) found that industry will need a whopping 55,000 new workers by the year 2025. The shortfall is being driven by industry growth and workforce demographics, with many employees scheduled to retire in the coming years.

    Read the full story as seen on Skies Magazine

  • August 17, 2018 11:09 AM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Do you know someone who you would like to nominate for one of the 2019 CASI  Senior Awards?

    Nomination Forms and full criteria are now available for each of the following awards:

    • C.D. Howe Award
    • McCurdy Award
    • Trans-Canada (McKee) Trophy
    • Roméo Vachon Award

    You can also download, print and distribute the 2019 Call for Senior Awards Nominations Poster!

  • July 31, 2018 12:31 PM | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    The Canadian Space Agency today released information about two publications that are sure to interest CASI members and friends.

    The 2016 edition of the State of the Canadian Space Sector report, now in its 20th edition, is the primary reference on the Canadian space sector. It contributes to our understanding of the sector by providing policy-makers, stakeholders and all interested Canadians with reliable and authoritative data. The CSA web site also houses past editions of the report. Here is the link to access the report: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/publications/state.asp

    In addition, in commemoration of the 49th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s landing on the moon, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), in partnership with the CSA has published a report entitled, Patents in Space: Highlighting Innovation in the Canadian Space Sector. The report can be accessed here: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr04393.html

  • 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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