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CASI Podcasts

CASI offers a variety of prerecorded sessions available as CASI Podcasts. 

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  • February 19, 2021 09:13 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Recorded 2021.02.18


    Almost exactly 110 years ago, 8 years after their famous powered flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright went back to the Outer Banks in North Carolina with the sole intention to do more flying without engine power. On October 24, 1911, Orville Wright was able to sustain motorless flight for 9 minutes and 45 seconds, a record that remained unbeaten for nearly 10 years and can be considered as the beginning of modern soaring. Since then, the sport of soaring has had its separate, independent development in aviation with impressive achievements, such as long-distance flights of over 3000-km, flights above 50,000 feet altitude, and average speeds of in excess of 160 kph over 1000-km distance flights. Besides the sportive challenges, the technical aspects associated with soaring are quite fascinating. Low speed requirements during thermaling often fight the needs for low drag during cruise. As a result, sailplanes have always pushed the technological boundaries in aviation. In some aspects, sailplanes can be considered as the “canaries” of aeronautics. Such advances include high-efficient wing designs, low-drag airfoils that use extended laminar flow, composite materials, and improved understandings of meteorology. This presentation will include an overview of the sport of soaring, which includes a historical reflection, the discussion of the current state of the sport, new developments, as well as an introduction to the general challenges that the sailplane designer face.

    Götz Bramesfeld

    Götz Bramesfeld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. His research focus is applied aerodynamics and aircraft design, in particular with respect to small UAVs. Besides his professional involvement in aviation, Götz is an active glider pilot with over 1000 hours in gliders and a member of the York Soaring Association. He is also a board member of OSTIV, the International Scientific and Technical Soaring Organization.

  • January 29, 2021 09:05 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Recorded 2021-01-28

    Presented by Dr. Azzedine Dadouche with guest Carlos Ruella

    Air-to-air collisions with birds or drones represent a real risk for civilian and military aircraft. To ensure passengers’ safety and mitigate risks, regulators (i.e. Transport Canada and Federal Aviation Administration, etc.) require engine and airframe manufacturers to certify their products for bird strike/ingestion at representative conditions (impact speed, bird weight and environment temperature).

  • January 22, 2021 09:10 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Originally recorded 2021-01-21

    Electric and hybrid electric powered aircraft have the potential to significantly reduce air transportation costs, carbon emissions and community noise and enable new aviation markets.

    Ken Swartz is a Senior Editor of the Vertical Flight Society’s Vertiflite magazine and eVTOL.news website, and is President of Aeromedia Communications, an aerospace marketing communications firm based in Toronto, Canada.

  • January 05, 2021 15:30 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Presentations made during this session:

    Radiation Effects in Advanced Electronics Technologies and Mitigation Techniques
    Li Chen, University of Saskatchewan

    Dynamic Modeling and Characterization of Electric Solar Wind Sail
    Chonggang Du, York University

    ALEXIS, A Canadian Signature Technology Spectrometer for Moon Exploration
    Frédéric Grandmont, ABB

    Key Considerations for a Surgical Spacecraft Robot
    Rachael L'Orsa, University of Calgary

    Determining Response Differences to Microgravity in Male and Female Bioengineered Cartilage Tissues
    Rahul Ravin, University of Alberta


    Frédéric Grandmont, ABB

  • December 01, 2020 13:17 | April Duffy (Administrator)

    Panelists discuss ideas and thoughts on adapting to our new world. 

    Malcolm Imray (NRC Aerospace Research Centre), Omer Majeed (MDS Aero Support), Niloofar Moradi (Pratt & Whitney) and Jeff Bird (Moderator).
  • November 02, 2020 14:42 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    A Lunch & Learn event with guest speakers Jeremy Laliberté (Professor, Carleton University) and J.R. Hammond (Executive Director, Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium - CAAM)

  • November 02, 2020 14:37 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Presentations made during this session:

    Development of an Enhanced Ground/Air Control Station Equipped with an Advanced Virtual Reality Headset for Stratospheric Airships Applications in Satellite-Denied Environments | Mohsen Rostami, Ryerson University

    Robust UAV Target Tracking Using LEO Satellites TDOA/FDOA Measurement under Uncertainties | Abulasad Elgamoudi, École de technologie supérieure

    Spacecraft INS/CNS/Pulsar Integrated TDOA Positioning and Navigation Solution with Doppler Shift Compensation | Hamza Benzerrouk, École de technologie supérieure

    Feed-Forward Dynamic Control for a Drone-Based Space Systems Testbed | Philip Ferguson, University of Manitoba


    Philip Ferguson, University of Manitoba

  • October 21, 2020 14:50 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Presentations made during this session:

    An Approach to Model the Quasi-Static Puncture Failure of a Laminated Composite Panel | Gang Li, National Research Council Canada

    Evaluation of Adaptive Fuzzy-PD Control for Autonomous Spacecraft Rendezvous by Air-Bearing Testbed | Lucas Santaguida, York University

    Ground Experimentation Validation of Sway Control of Rotating Space Debris Towing by Space Tethered System | Junjie Kang, York University

    Establishing an Effective Evaluation Procedure for Hypersonics Ceramics | Justin Denne, National Research Council Canada


    Gang Li | National Research Council Canada

  • May 29, 2020 08:33 | Todd Legault (Administrator)

    Recorded May 25, 2020

    CASI Executive Director Geoffrey Languedoc is joined by CSA Director, Space Exploration Erick Dupuis for this engaging presentation and Q&A session.

  • May 06, 2020 10:22 | 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

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