Since last November, the CSS has been working quite diligently with its Canadian Space Leaders Roundtable (CSLR) partners to come up with some engagement strategies in and around the upcoming International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Toronto this fall. For those who have not yet attended an IAC, there are many activities in its program, and thus our intent has always been to make a contribution without generating any unnecessary conflicts. We are thus pleased to have been able to carve out a few key activities that we feel will bring value to our members, our Partners and the Canadian Public. They are:
- a hosted Meet & Greet/Mini-Space Fair for our International colleagues. This will include participation from many of our local Cdn Space Actors to provide an appreciation of what Canada does and how 'she does it'
- a Space Art/Canada Space History Exhibit to be available to the Public and the IAC attendees during the IAC week
- a manned CSS Exhibit booth in the Canadian Pavillion at the IAC (booth #217)
- a Live Radio Show with The Planetary Society (and featuring Bill Nye)
- presentations from various Members during the IAC
Society - so-ci-e-ty - a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests - Merriam Webster Dictionary
Welcome to the new look website of your Canadian Space Society! Our online presence has needed a new facelift for quite awhile and we are ecstatic to leverage this new platform. Besides obvious visual changes, the new website has been designed to facilitate more information and more interaction for our members - whether they are students, professionals or corporate members. For one thing, you will notice the 'Space Asset Map', which is a dynamic and flexible tool to both communicate the incredible amount of space expertise in Canada, as well as to highlight our potential to take on new space technology challenges in the future. There is also the new CSS Forum that will encourage more interaction and communication amongst members - sharing our views and thoughts is a key way to moving the space 'yardsticks' forward in helping Canada meet its space goals. Also of note, we are now providing an Online Shop to both access a growing list of CSS novelty items as well as providing a venue to market other goods as well.
On Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 from 1:00-4:00pm there will be a public unveiling of the launch vehicle designed and constructed by students from the University of Toronto Aeronautics Team Rocketry Division (UTAT Rocketry). This unveiling will take place on the premises of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies located at 4925 Dufferin Street, Toronto ON. Members of the public are encouraged to come and see the final vehicle and take photos. UTAT Rocketry will also be hosting a public demonstration of their student-built hybrid rocket engine at 4:00pm at the same location (weather-permitting).
UTAT is an interdisciplinary design team at the University of Toronto that focuses on aerospace design. UTAT is composed of five divisions: Powered Flight, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Rocketry, Outreach, and - in the upcoming 2014-2015 season - Space Systems, focusing on a number of different design and community projects. More information regarding the team can be found at www.utat.skule.ca.
Located in the Caribbean Sea, the island of Aruba is well-known for its sandy beaches, year-round sunny weather, and friendly people. What you might not know is that its relatively isolated location off the coast of Venezuela makes it an ideal spot for interference-free radio communication. In fact, amateur radio enthusiasts have set numerous long-distance communication records over the past few decades thanks to Aruba's clear weather, geographic location, and distance from major radio traffic. Now, a team in Aruba is looking to use this advantage to enter the space arena.
In collaboration with the Technical University of Graz, the University of Vienna, and the Polish Academy of Sciences, the University of Toronto's Space Flight Laboratory is designing, developing, and launching a constellation of small satellites in order to study luminous stars in our solar neighborhood. The BRight Target Explorer program, or BRITE, currently has two operational satellites in orbit gathering meaningful science data, and the consortium is planning on adding several satellites to the constellation in the near future. While this addition is crucial to the science team in terms of data gathered, it increases the transmission requirements for the constellation's ground segments. This is where Aruba comes in. A handful of radio amateurs and satellite enthusiasts on the island are working in partnership with a local technical college to build a BRITE-compatible ground station.
Did you know that the Canadian Space Society is a registered charity? Cash or property donations to the Society are eligible for charitable donation receipt subject to the regulations of Canada Revenue Agency.
Your generous donations help the CSS in our principle objective to sponsor and promote the involvement of Canadians in the development of Space. Here are some examples of where your donations can help:
Assistance in defraying costs of registration and/or travel for students to attend space-related courses, conferences, or competitions.
Purchase of materials to support a public display of Canadian space technology at a museum.
Purchase of building materials and tools used for analogue space missions designed and run by high school students.
Provision of materials and awards for student space design competitions.
Bursaries for deserving students pursuing an education in a space-related field.
Donate now and make a difference! Thanks you for your support!