Canada’s first physical link to space began with the launch of Alouette-1 in 1962. In the fifty-four years since that launch, space has become an invisible but vital part of our national infrastructure which has impactedall Canadians’ day-to-day lives. From the way we communicate around the globe, to how we process our financial transactions and monitor our natural resources and critical infrastructure - all have been impacted by the innovations of Canadian scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.
The 2016 Canadian Space Society (CSS) Annual Summit will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Inn at the Forks from November 14-15th, 2016. The Summit is one of Canada’s leading conferences devoted to space science, policy, research and technology. It brings together space professionals from industry, academia, government, military and enthusiasts from all walks of life. The CSS Summit is the place to learn about the latest trends, technologies and political issues taking place in the space industry.
With technical sessions on everything from astronomy to space applications, life sciences to law and policy, the CSS Summit touches upon every facet affecting Canada’s space capabilities and potential.
The theme for this year’s summit is “At the Centre of it All” since Winnipeg is geographically situated in the centre of Canada and has a thriving aerospace industry. Manitoba is home to Canada’s third largest aerospace industry. Some of these companies include Magellan Aerospace (Official Summit Sponsor), GE Aerospace, and Boeing, just to name a few.
Call for Proposals
The Canadian Space Society is announcing the Call for Papers for the Annual Summit and welcomes presentations under the CSS' nine thematic sessions . We will also be accepting proposals for activities as an opportunity to enhance the Summit program. Consideration will be given for both general topics and technical papers as this year’s Summit will be running concurrent sessions for both space experts and for those who are interested in learning and discussing space and how it relates to their interests and disciplines.
To submit an Abstract, click on the following link:
The Canadian Space Society will be accepting abstracts and activity proposals until May 15th, 2016. Papers will be peer-reviewed and selected by a Program Committee, and authors will be notified by July 1st, 2016. Accepted abstracts and proposals will qualify for a special conference rate.
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2016 Canadian Space Society Summit
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Life on Mars isn't so far away!
You probably know that NASA is aiming to send human explorers to new destinations, such as Mars, in the next few decades. But what needs to be done for this project?
Join us for a public lecture by Dr. Pablo de León, Associate Professor at the University of Dakota, to learn about NASA's Journey to Mars. The lecture will take place on April 30th, 2016 at 7pm, at the University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus with free admission.
WISE Kid-Netic Energy is bringing back the Space Adventure Camp!
This exciting event, designed for Grades 9-11 students, will be running July 11-15, 2016 at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus, in the Engineering Information Technology Complex (EITC).
During the program, students will be participating a week of camp activities, receive morning and afternoon snacks and access to an online course about space, developed by the Canadian Forces.
Activities will include: Space Physics and Rocket Theory, Build Tiny Robots, Satellite Communications, Geo-caching with GPS, Remote Sensing, Picosatellites and Nanotechnology, High Attitude Baloon Launch, and Model Rocket Building and Launch.
Register online at www.wisekidneticenergy.ca/space-camp/ or call (204)474-9340 before June 30th to receive an early-bird rate of $125, regular registration (after June 30th) fee is $175. Bursaries available for those in need.
The search for life on Mars continues. Joining the hunt is ESA's new ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander set to launch in late March from Kazakhstan. The mission is to try to find traces of methane in the planets atmosphere which could suggest biological or geological activity. Methane makes up less than 1% of Mars's atmosphere and the Trace Gas Orbiter is designed to investigate what this means and if this is evidence for life on Mars. Studies on Earth suggest that methane in the atomsphere disapates quickly meaning there must be an active source on Mars. Schiaparelli is meant primarily as a demonstration of the ESA's ability to deliver a lander successfully to Mars, but is also equiped with scientific instruments. This spacecraft will be arriving at Mars in October of this year, where the lander will seperate from the orbiter and being the mission. This is the first of two planned missions, with a rover and surface platform launching in 2018.
The CSS is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Shawna Pandya as the Standing Session Chair, Space Life Sciences.
Dr. Shawna Pandya was part of the first crew to test a commercial spacesuit in microgravity, and also completed scientist-astronaut training with Project PoSSUM. In 2015, she was chair and curator of the first-ever International Space Development Conference LaunchPad session, and will be reprising this role for ISDC 2016.