This category pertains to articles providing information on the Winnipeg chapter and its activities.

CSS Space Art & History Exhibit at WCAM

Exhibit poster

Note: the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Manitoba is a special contributor to the Winnipeg show, presenting striking scientific images of the cosmos professionally made by local astronomers. Dr Jayanne English will be leading a "Cosmos to Canvas" workshop related to this activity on 7 February (click here for registration; seating is limited).WCAM sponsorlist

CSS Winnipeg Movie Night - 'Interstellar'


CSS Winnipeg is organizing a movie night for its members, family and friends, featuring the new movie 'Interstellar' with Matthew McConnaughey. Cineplex is able to offer us a discount rate for groups of 21 people or more, as well as a discount rate on some snack packages.

Date: 27 Nov - there is a slight possibility that this may change because the theatre schedules change every week. So, we will know for sure on 20 Nov.  If not the 27th, it will then likely be the 1st week of Dec

Time: Again, we will not know exactly until the 19th, but we are aiming for the early show after work/school

Location: The plan is to meet at the McGillivary Theatre, 2190 McGillivary Blvd.  There is a slight possibility that this might change which is again a theatre factor out of our control.

Cost: $8 for CSS Members and $10 for non-members  ***Winnipeggers can still sign up to the CSS for FREE until end-Nov.  Just click on the 'Register' link at , select the general or student membership as it applies, and then enter ONE-YEAR-MEMBERSHIP-2014-FREE in the discount field of the payment page.  THEN come back to this event - if you are signed in, it will recognize your membership and apply the discount

This should be an exciting movie and it will be great to see you come out and join us!


Position Available - CSS-Winnipeg Vice-Chair

Silver 5Yr


The new Executive of the the CSS Winnipeg Chapter is looking for an energetic and committed individual to assume the position of Vice-Chair, CSS-Winnipeg Executive. 

Job Description: The Vice-Chair is an Executive-Level position with a primary role of supporting administrative functions of CSS-W.


- act in the position of Chair when needed

- attend CSS-W Executive and General meetings

- help prepare meeting agenda

- record meeting minutes and update CSS Action List

- receive/process general CSS-W correspondence (normal correspondence and email)

- manage CSS files in soft and/or hard form

- Solicit, edit, post and maintain CSS-W webpage(s) content

- Liaise with Members, Partners and Corporate Members

Start Date:  Immediately

Term of Service: One year

Rate:  Volunteer

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UND Visit an Out-of-this-World Success!

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Grand Forks, ND - About 25 Manitobans from Industry, Government and Academia made the short trek from Winnipeg to Grand Forks to visit the University of North Dakota (UND). The idea for the trip came from CSS member and long-time industry supporter Mr Norm Lee (he is supposed to be retired for a few years now but that is debatable!) and was further 'fleshed out' by fellow members Jeff Cieszecki and CSS President Wayne Ellis. At the outset, the intention was to create a multi-stakeholder event that would also involve a reciprocal visit from UND at a later time. Initially, a full interaction with Department of Space Studies was envisioned, but it was later determined that there was also interest in visiting and learning about their Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program and facilities.

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The Canadian visitors take a moment to pose by an iconic image.

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CSS President Wayne Ellis offers 'Mugs of Thanks' to UND Space Studies Chair Dr Santhosh Seelan and Admin Assistant Bev Fetter


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Incredible Inflatable Lunar Habitat! At the time of the visit, there were 3 students 'living' in the habitat on a 30-day mission.

Aerospace Visit to UND 27 Oct 14

UND logo

Tour of Facilities and Program Overview of School of Space Studies, UND

****NOTE:  This event is now FULL.  Registered attendees will receive confirmation emails very soon.

The Canadian Space Society, Winnipeg Chapter, in conjunction with the Department of Space Studies,John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences,   University of North Dakota, invites members of the Society and other professionals interested in aerospace and space, to a one day workshop, October 27, featuring the facilities and faculty of the Department of Space Studies and the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training in Grand Forks.

Tour highlights:

***Itinerary Subject to Change***

Monday, October 27, 2014

7:00 am

9:30 am

Depart from McDonald’s Parking Lot, 3045 Pembina Hwy South
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5H5

Estimated Time of Arrival at Space Studies Department

Meet Space Studies tour guides at Clifford Hall Lobby

Tour guides: Lindsay Anderson and Travis Nelson


9:30 am to 10:30 am

Tour of Human Spaceflight Lab (Room 363)

and Space Life Sciences Lab (Room 370)

Split into two groups; 30 minutes at each location


10:30 am

To Ryan Hall Room 262 – tour guides will direct


10:45 am to 11:45 am

Tour of Spacecraft Simulator Facility

Ryan Hall, Room 262


11:45 am

To Space Studies Department, Clifford Hall 5th Floor – tour guides will direct


12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Lunch followed by extended discussions with Space Studies Faculty


1:30 pm

To Clifford Hall, Room 220


1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Overview of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training (UAS)

Mike Corcoran, Assistant Director

Clifford Hall, Room 220


2:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Engineering at UAS

Will Semke, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Clifford Hall, Room 220


2:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Northern Plains UAS Test Site

Bob Becklund, Executive Director

Clifford Hall, Room 220


3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

UAS Discussion and questions

Clifford Hall, Room 220


3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

To site of Inflatable Lunar Habitat – 5 minute drive using personal transportation

Tour guide: Tiffany Swarmer


3:45 pm to 4:15 pm

EVA demonstration related to 30-day Analog Mission in progress (weather permitting)


4:15 pm

To Grand Forks International Airport

Follow tour guide using personal transportation


4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Tour of  UND Aviation facilities


5:30 pm



 7:30-8:00 pm                            Arrival at McDonald’s Parking Lot, 3045 Pembina Hwy South Winnipeg

Space Simulators,

The Vertical Launch Simulator is based on the Apollo Command Module that housed astronauts involved in the lunar explorations of the late 1960s and early 1970s.  It the approximate size of the original Apollo Command Module can accommodate three people at a time.

Lunar Habitat Project,

The integrated inflatable habitat system developed at the University of North Dakota’s Human Spaceflight Laboratory includes an electric rover and pressurized planetary exploration suits to better facilitate Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA).  One ten day simulation has been conducted successfully with human subjects with further longer habitations planned

Space Suit Lab,

The Department of Space Studies University of North Dakota (UND) was the first university with a NASA-funded laboratory for designing and constructing space-exploration and planetary surface exploration suits.  Two suits have been constructed and tested.

Space Life Sciences Lab,

The Space Life Sciences Lab hosts low pressure chambers to grow plants in modified environments such as reduced pressures, different atmospheric compositions, varying levels of illumination, etc. as part of a interdisciplinary effort at UND and with NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre.

Another opportunity will be a tour and presentation of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training - a Department of Defense Center of Excellence for UAV Education,, one of five such facilities in the United States.

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