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CSS Welcomes Mr Edison Chai as Chair, Space Applications

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Standing Session Chair, Space Applications: Mr Edison Chai


The CSS is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Edison Chai as the Standing Session Chair, Space Applications.

Edison grew up in Toronto where he also currently lives. He graduated from U of T's Engineering Science program a few years ago - majoring in Aerospace engineering. Since graduation, he has been working at a small IT company in Toronto where he is responsable for a broad spectrum of tech tasks such as web development, data mining, and server hardware. 

Being in the tech industry has allowed him to have a different perspective of our 21st century world. Whether we are consciously aware or not, space-backed technology has immersed into our everyday lives. Examples of these include GPS navigation, long-distance telecommunications, and weather prediction. Data from orbital satellites also provide a perspective not feasible otherwise such as measuring vegetation or quantifying climate change by measuring the area of arctic ice sheets and deforestation in the Amazon.

In his free time, he likes to read non-fiction and to watch documentaries. He believes that solutions to problems from one area can be applied to make creative solutions in another area. He also volunteers at Free Geek Toronto - an organization helping address the problem electronic waste through refurbishing and recycling.

Please feel free to contact Edison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Communication Established with Newly Launched Satellites

After a successful launch yesterday aboard an Indian rocket, Canada's critical Sapphire and NEOSSat satellites along with the other satellites launched have all communicated with ground control and appear to be working fine.

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.(MDA), the prime contractor who built Sapphire for the Department of Defence, said that communication with the satellite has been established.  Read more at SpaceRef Canada.

Sapphire Satellite Will Kick Off Other Space Projects: MacKay

With one defence satellite ready to fly, the government's attention will soon turn to others. That was the message Defence Minister Peter MacKay delivered to media representatives Thursday at a press conference for the official "send-off" of the Sapphire satellite.

His promise came amid media reports that the Department of National Defence is concerned about ongoing delays in the RADARSAT Constellation program, which has defence applications.  Read more at SpaceRef Canada.

Japan Sends Minibar to the Space Station

"A Japanese spacecraft arrived with supplies for the International Space Station. Sure, food, water and invaluable experiments were also delivered, but by far the most important payload was a small shipment of liquor."



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