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Yuri's Night Ottawa PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jacob Martin   
Monday, 21 April 2014 23:50

The snow stayed away this year! As a result, over 100 adults and children on their way to the museum got a rare opportunity to test drive 'Juno' the Canadian lunar rover, designed and built by Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG).

Inside, museum-goers were treated to displays and videos by the Ottawa Rocketry Group (ORG), space art from the Revelations show, and the Canadian Space Society, as well as a public unveiling of the EAGL lander, a platform by ODG to test how their Artemis rover gets into and out of a lunar lander! Watching Artemis climb up and down the lander with designed for the moon, metallic 'tires' was a sneak peek at how that mission might actually go - I could almost see it kicking up lunar dust when it hit the ground!

The evening event was great opportunity to meet other enthusiasts and learn about the Ottawa space scene.

ODG's rovers were joined by teams from Carleton University running demonstrations of their semi-autonomous rover navigation system, and robotic arm stabilization systems - both were hands-on interactive demos as well! They didn't even seem to mind if you drove the rover and arm after indulging at the bar! Their work is designed to compensate for a little human error here and there!

Yuri's Night Ottawa always features the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). Though the weather didn't cooperate for star, sun or planet gazing, there's still a lot to learn from the Ottawa-RASCals and their extensive experience in astronomy!

Carleton University also presented their Space Systems stream's 4th year design project - CAPTURE. A small satellite designed to grab pieces of space junk to take them safely out of orbit.

We were also joined by some potential new fixtures to the greater region's space scene. The AstroPontiac and the Madawaska Highlands Observatory are two local initiatives to bring state of the art observatories and a planetarium to the area!

In attendance, we fell slightly short of our record Yuri's Night attendance of 60 in the 50th Anniversary year, but the 55 people who did come out we're treated to the biggest collection of "space-stuff" that YN-Ottawa has been able to provide so far!

Thanks to the 2 Peters from ODG, the Carleton Teams and all the other contributors who made the night interesting! And thanks to everyone who made it out on the 12th! We look forward to seeing you all next year for an even bigger and better event!

CSS-Ottawa Team

Manitoba 'Dreams Big'/CSS Winnipeg Space Fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Ellis   
Sunday, 23 March 2014 14:58

On March 12, 2014 CSS Winnipeg hosted a "Space Fair" as part of the University of Manitoba's Dream Big week. The fair featured local companies, non-profit organizations working in the space sector, student groups, and others sharing the interest and passion for space exploration. The Dream Big week at the UofM consisted of a full week of activities promoting space exploration in many forms. The activities included many presentations on topics related to physics, astronomy, human space exploration, extra terrestrial, as well as an art gallery of student art from a physics class working on images taken by the Hubble Telescope (click here for some samples). The week concluded with keynote presentations by astrophysicist, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson from the Hyden Planetarium in New York City, and General (retired) Walter Natynczyk, President of the Canadian Space Agency.

The Space Fair was held in the Atrium of the Engineering Information and Technology Complex at the UofM. It was coordinated around a panel on careers in aerospace and a networking event. Some of highlights from the fair included:

  • A live demonstration with a high altitude weather balloon with custom electronics from students at Shaftesbury High School;
  • Captivating images and telescopes from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada;
  • Exciting developments from the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society's nanosatellite team participating in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge;
  • and fascinating displays of Canada's contribution to space from Magellan Aerospace Winnipeg and Solara Remove Data Delivery Inc.; and
  • Lots of outreach opportunities through WISE Kid-Netic Energy and Marsville.

CSS Winnipeg would like to thank the University of Manitoba Student Life Office for inviting us to take part in the exciting activities for Dream Big and Degrees Restaurant for providing refreshments for the fair. In addition, we'd like to thank Manitoba Aerospace Magellan Aerospace Winnipeg Solara Remote Data Delivery Inc. Shaw UofM Space Applications and Technology Society WISE Kid-Netic Energy Shaftesbury High School Marsville the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and IEEE Winnipeg Section for all their efforts setting up booths for the event. Finally, thank you to Zac Trolley from CSS Calgary for helping out throughout the event.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 March 2014 08:48
Announcing The UrtheCast Educational Outreach Award For The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Ellis   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:19

The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society is pleased to announce that UrtheCast Corp. will sponsor a newly-established Educational Outreach Award for the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC).
The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) is a Canada-wide competition for teams of university students to design and build a small operational science research satellite known as a ‘3U-cubesat’ or ‘triple-cubesat’. These satellite measure 34cm x 10cm x 10cm, and have a maximum mass of 4kg. The satellite will undergo full launch and space environment qualification, with the goal of launching the winning satellite into orbit to conduct scientific research.
As a part of the CSDC's requirements, participating teams are required to give presentations at schools and public events across the country. The UrtheCast Educational Outreach Award, consisting of a trophy and cash prize, will be presented to the team that has shown exemplary leadership and effort in fulfilling the educational outreach requirements for the CSDC.
“UrtheCast is more than pleased to make this donation to the CSDC, and we're very honoured that the organization has developed their Educational Outreach Award in our name,” explained Wade Larson, UrtheCast's President and Chief Operating Officer. “Given the growing popularity of CubeSat launches, the CDSC is in a great place to help put Canada on the map in this area, while giving students the opportunity to actively participate in space-earth sciences. We're extremely happy to be a part of those efforts.”
“The Educational Outreach component is an important element of the CSDC, and we are extremely grateful that UrtheCast is supporting this initiative,” stated Larry Reeves, President of the CDSC Management Society, the non-profit organization that co-ordinates the CSDC's activities. “University students are excellent role models for younger students in primary and secondary schools, and we hope that the Educational Outreach presentations will inspire the younger students to pursue post-secondary educations and careers in science and engineering fields. ”
Now in its second offering, the CSDC challenges post-secondary students from across Canada to design small satellites, with the aim of enhancing space-related knowledge, and developing Canada's next generation of space industry and high-tech leaders.
The Educational Outreach Award will be given at the final awards dinner at the end of May, 2014, prior to the announcement of the design challenge winner.
About UrtheCast Corp.

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based technology company that is developing the world’s first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full color. Working with renowned aerospace partners from across the globe, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon operate two cameras on the Russian segment of the ISS. Video and still image data captured by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to exclusive partners and customers. UrtheCast’s cameras will provide Ultra HD video and still imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc. Common shares of UrtheCast trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange as ticker ‘UR’.

For more information visit our website at

About The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society

The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society (CSDCMS) is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organisation, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C.

For more information please contact:
Larry Reeves
President, CSDC Management Society
Ph: +1 778-988-6343
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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 February 2014 20:11
Yuri's Night 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marc Fricker   
Friday, 07 March 2014 11:05

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin blasted off the launch pad in Baikonur at 9:08 AM local time, making him an international hero.

CSS is proud to support the celebration of Yuri's accomplishment again this year.  Many of our chapters are hosting events in your area:


In Ottawa: Click here for tickets.

April 12, 2014


Museum of Science & Technology

In addition to the celebrations for manned space flight, ODG will be giving a demo of their Artimus rovers to all who attend the Ottawa event.


In Alberta:

April 12th


Rothney Astrophysical Observatory

$20 per car or $10 per person, all proceeds to the RAO educational programs.

No need to pre-register, pay at the door.

The CBC radio's Eyeopener's Starman, Don Hladiuk will present a talk on Yuri's life and his incredible trip into space.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:19
CSS Info Night in Montreal, 10 Feb, 1830-2030hrs, Holiday Inn Longueuil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Ellis   
Friday, 31 January 2014 15:26

Bonjour! The Canadian Space Society (CSS) is pleased to announce an information night on 10 February 2014, 1830-2000hrs, at the Holiday Inn Longueuil.  This event will provide you with details on the Canadian Space Society including its mission, activities, members, chapters and Partners. There will be limited seating and some refreshments will be served.

Presenter: Wayne A. Ellis, President of the CSS

Why you should attend: You care about Canada's progress in space in support of Canadians, and you are interested in sharing your time, creativity and thoughts in helping the CSS and its Partners to improve it. To indicate your interest in attending this event, please fill out this brief survey. It is not a commitment but will help us prepare for the event. Thank you!


Bonjour! Canadian Space Society (CSS) a le plaisir de vous inviter à une session d’information le 10 Février 2014, 18h30-20h, au Holiday Inn, Longueuil. Cet évènement sera l’occasion d’obtenir des informations sur la mission, les activités, les membres, chapitres et partenaires de la Canadian Space Society. Le nombre de places disponibles est limité. Des rafraichissements seront servis.

Présentation : Wayne Ellis, président CSS

Pourquoi participer: Vous êtes attachés aux progrès du Canada dans le domaine spatial pour le bénéfice des Canadiens, et vous souhaitez investir votre temps, créativité et vos idées pour aider CSS et ses partenaires. Si vous êtes intéressés par cette session d’information, merci de remplir ce questionnaire.  Il est sans engagement de votre part, mais nous aidera à mieux préparer l’évènement. Merci!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 11:04
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