Space Innovation Day - Ottawa


Members of the Canadian Space community and fellow Space enthusiasts,

We regret to inform you that Space Innovation Day has been postponed to Spring 2015 due to unforeseen circumstances. If you registered for the event, we will happily reimburse you and offer you a discount should you wish to attend our event next year. We wish to express our sincerest apologies if you were inconvenienced in any way. Should you wish to contact us, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. would like to thank everyone for their interest regarding Space Innovation Day and support to the Canadian Space Society Ottawa Chapter.

Interim Chapter Chair,

Minh On


Chair - Ottawa Chapter

Chair - Mr. Ryan Anderson


Ryan has long been active in the space sector, chairing the Ottawa chapter of CSS and writing for Space Quarterly Canada.  As a Sr. Satellite Engineer with Telesat, Ryan has experience in operations on many notable satellites, including Nimiq 1&2, Radarsat 2, and Nimiq 5. A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Ryan remains active in the local space community, volunteering for NRC's Marsville and Engineering Challenge programs, and now working to establish the Ottawa Chapter of CSS.

A Professional Engineer of Ontario, Ryan also holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo, a Green Belt in Six Sigma, and is working on his Amateur Radio Licence. In 2004, Ryan spent his Christmas at the Mars Desert Research Station as an Engineer on Crew 31, and in 2009 he narrated the Space Generation Advisory Council's documentary on Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defense.

Ravens Above and Beyond

Ottawa, September 21, 2011 – A team of Carleton University students were put to the test by the Canadian Space Society (CSS) Ottawa Chapter. Members of the CU3Sat Team, competitors in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC), participated in a mock Preliminary Design Review (PDR) as part of their outreach activities. The primary objective of the Challenge is for teams of university students (undergraduate and graduate) to design and build an operational small-satellite, based on commercially-available, "off-the-shelf" components.

Members of Ottawa’s space community had a chance to scrutinize the CU3Sat Team’s project in advance of their PDR on September 30, 2011. Ryan Anderson, Chair of the Ottawa Chapter, insisted that, “we put the Carleton Team through the wringer so that when they do the real thing, it’ll be a breeze”. Of course, the ultimate prize for the team is a free launch of their satellite into orbit and the opportunity to conduct space science research. By providing real feedback from industry experts, the CSS Ottawa Chapter was hoping to help bolster the business case of the project and provide an opportunity to educate members on the rigour of the PDR process and what it takes to design and build a satellite.

The CU3Sat Team tackled questions about launch requirements, ground infrastructure, partnerships and payloads from a carefully selected panel of industry experts. Mr. Greenberg, an industry expert, advised the members to emphasize any home-grown technologies, especially if they have flight heritage, to highlight the Canadian content used in the competition. Alternatively, the CU3Sat Team noted that working with Canadian components and companies in this case, especially those located in Montreal, provided the advantage of lower costs, direct customer service and support.

By the end of the night, the CU3Sat Team had impressed the industry experts and demonstrated their capacity to design, build and defend their satellite project. On behalf of the Ottawa Community, the CSS wishes the Carleton CU3SatTeam the best of luck in the real PDR and if they are up for round two, a mock Critical Design Review (CDR) could be arranged in the winter.

For additional information please contact:

Minh On


Ottawa Chapter

Canadian Space Society


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CSS-Ottawa November Meeting


November Meeting

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Canadian Museum of Aviation and Space

Cost: an RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Repercussions of Anik F2 Anomaly Minh On, CSA


When Satellites get Lost Ryan Anderson, Telesat


Insuring Space Assets  David Hoffer, Atrium Space Insurance Consortium


David Hoffer is the senior satellite analyst at Atrium Space Insurance Consortium. In his talk he will go over the fundamentals of this very specialized type of insurance, including the types of coverage provided and how risk in the space sector is assessed.



 Regular Meeting Schedule

 3rd Wednesday of every month at ~7 p.m. (doors open at 6:45)

 Location: Canadian Aviation and Space Museum (CASM), north end of Aviation Parkway


 Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved. If you aren’t already you could become a CSS member, join the executive team for 2011-2012, join a project team, or even lead your own project. Send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

CSS/CASI-Ottawa Branch Telesat Tour

Telesat, the fourth largest satellite operator in the world, has its headquarters here in Ottawa. CSS and CASI members are invited to visit on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at 6:30 to hear about their operations from the Manager of Flight Dynamics, Tim Douglas. Following the talk there will be a viewing of the Satellite Control Center.

RSVP to Ryan Anderson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., by May 10 with your full name and the name of your organization. Space will be limited to about 40, and preference given to members of CSS and CASI.

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