Summit 2016 Now In The Books

We billed the event as one that would showcase space expertise and capability from the real centre of Canada, as well as bring in folks from across Canada and worldwide. By our estimation: it was a success!  We enjoyed the participation of over 100 space professionals, academics and students from across Canada and from other countries such as the United States, Australia and Azerbaijan. The multi-day event was a fantastic opportunity to discover the incredible footprint of space in and around Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Dr Vadim Rygalov from the University of North Dakota Space Studies

Leading us off was Magellan Aerospace, who not only stepped up as the Official Summit Sponsor, but who also provided a private tour of its space facilities, and had several staff give presentations including a keynote presentation by Mr Eric Choi, Senior Business Development Manager for their Space Business Unit.


We had incredible volunteer support for the Public Event and the Summit Conference.

This was followed by significant support from Manitoba Aerospace Inc as our Young Professionals Event (YPE) Sponsor, and the Manitoba Museum as our Public Event Sponsor, both of which allowed us to reach and connect to space professionals and enthusiasts in ways not seem before at other CSS Summits. The YPE was organized and coordinated by Khal Shariff, CEO of Project Whitecard and the Star Rangers Program.  He gathered several enticing speakers such as Chris Hall from “The Portal”, Tom Tessier from Solara, and Dr Steven Freeland from the Western Sydney University of Australia.

New for the Summit Public Event this year was the aspect of conducting it over 2 days at the Manitoba Museum versus our usually shorter, one event format. The Manitoba Museum was able to bring out many of its popular science and space activities while also permitting the CSS to conduct workshops in space art and rocketry, and to hold a space play called “Mars One”.

Similarly, we were pleased to have the Sponsor Support from other organizations such as UND Space Studies, Inland AV, Precision ADM, MDA Systems Ltd, Analytical Graphics Inc, AppSpace Solutions Inc, EnviroTrec, and The Canadian Mint.

Besides Mr Choi, the Summit enjoyed other keynotes such as Brigidier-General Blaise Frawley, Director General Space for DND, Ms Mary Preville, Director General Policy at the Canadian Space Agency, and Dr John Spray, Director of the Planetary and Space Science Centre at the University of New Brunswick. And finally, we were afforded the treat of hearing from Dr Steven Freeland as our Gala Dinner keynote.


The Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable offers the chance for space groups to discuss important advocacy issues.

The Summit was also host to several important workshops: the Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable, Workshop #1 of the Fourth Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, and the “Getting Space Into The Classroom” workshop. Thanks goes out to Kate Howells, Larry Reeves, and Jeff Cieszecki respectively for their support in putting these ‘side-events’ together.

A major thanks goes to our Winnipeg Summit 2016 Team!  Next year Summit 2017 will be in Ottawa, 21-22 November.

CanX-7 Aircraft Tracking and Deorbiting Demo Satellite Launched, Contacted, and Healthy | UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory

Congrats to UTIAS and the RMC Space Science Team – they will be excited to begin to work with their ADS-B payload to help improve aircraft situational awareness from space.

Source: CanX-7 Aircraft Tracking and Deorbiting Demo Satellite Launched, Contacted, and Healthy | UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory

e-Veritas » 21364 Jeremy Hansen: Space Science graduate returns for the weekend

Very proud to have been asked to come back to RMC to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our inaugural Space Science class. Former and current RMC Space Science staff put together a fantastic agenda which included tours of much-expanded space technology classrooms and workshops, and which culminated in hearing some words from Jeremy Hansen.

Source: e-Veritas » Blog Archive » 21364 Jeremy Hansen: Space Science graduate returns for the weekend

STK 11 Master Certification

I was pleased to learn this week that I had successfully completed my advanced STK Master Certification for current version 11.1. STK Certification happens in two stages: you first complete a Basic Certification that essentially exposes you to the significant functionality of STK Free. Upon successful completion of that, you can go on to register for the advanced certification.
The nice thing is that AGI provides you the licenses and 2 weeks to complete the test (which is comprised of multiple choice questions and scenario deliverables such as reports, graphs, images and movies – a real comprehensive slice of your STK competency!).  The other nice thing is that you can do it on your own time (and maybe on your Boss’ time if they recognize the potential of the investment).

The AGI Training Team provides lots of training tutorials to get you quickly up to speed. It is actually quite interesting to go through the various scenarios and discover your ability to approach the problem from different perspectives.

Highly recommended!

Chinese Space Station Not Likely to Hit Canada


There has been some hype regarding the lack of communication with a Chinese space station (see related article here). By applying the free version of System ToolKit (STK), I was able to download the latest ephemeris file on the object and load it into the application. I then created a rough area around Canada and calculated access from the station to it (to give a sense of its orbital path in relation to Canada). As you can see from above, the orbital inclination of the space station barely touches the southern Canadian border. So, even if the station were to break up in the Earth’s atmosphere, its pieces would likely not impact on our soil.