Space Exploration

Space Apps Ottawa 2019: Mission Accomplished

2019-10-21

Along with over 200 cities around the world, Ottawa teams worked all weekend to solve NASA- and CSA-designed challenges that leverage spacecraft, celestial & science data.

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#DontLetGoCanada

O Brave New World: Canadian Space Society Annual Summit 2018

2018-12-05

Another year, another Canadian Space Society Annual Summit! It’s a whole new world in space.

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Canadian Space Society Annual Summit 2017 – Day 2

2017-11-29

Day 2 recap of the Canadian Space Society’s Annual Summit 2017.

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Canadian Space Society Annual Summit 2017 – Day 1

2017-11-29

Day 1 recap of the Canadian Space Society’s Annual Summit 2017.

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Canadian Space Society Annual Summit 2017

2017-11-29

The Canadian Space Society’s Annual Summit 2017 focused on Canada’s future in space and spotlights up-and-coming leaders of our space sector.

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Space Apps Ottawa 2017

2017-05-08

Space Apps Ottawa 2017, Ottawa’s inaugural NASA International Space Apps Challenge hackathon weekend, has finished with impressive results. What happened, and what’s next?

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#SpaceAppsOttawa in the Ottawa Business Journal

2017-04-20

“NASA’s International Space Apps Hackathon Touches Down in Ottawa”: #SpaceAppsOttawa upcoming hackathon event is featured in the Ottawa Business Journal.

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SpaceX “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Rockets

2017-03-31

Elon Musk’s SpaceX company achieved another historic milestone, re-using its liquid-fueled orbital booster rocket from a previous landing attempt and advancing New Space technology once again.

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“Where Are They?” A New Estimate of Alien Civilizations Is Both Exciting and Scary

2017-03-24

“Where Are They?” A new calculation estimates how many alien civilizations are out there – here’s what the results mean for us.

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Ottawa, prepare yourselves for liftoff!

2016-12-29

Ottawa, prepare yourselves for liftoff! NASA International #SpaceApps Challenge hits town.

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Astrophotography, Take 2

2016-10-12

An early morning hike up a cliff is a (steep) price to pay to photograph the night sky.

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Astrophotography, Take 1

2016-10-05

My first steps into a new hobby, taking pictures of the night sky.

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Stargazing at Camping Griffon

2016-08-07

Amateur night-sky observations of planets, moons, and galaxies in Gaspésie, Quebec.

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Of course I still love you

Falcon Sticks Landing on “Of Course I Still Love You”

2016-04-08

The title sounds like gibberish – but it is actually an amazing technological advancement by rocketship pioneer SpaceX.

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“Good Morning, Pluto!” on SlideShare

2015-09-08

Onwards and Upwards – Good Morning, Pluto! from Deploy Software Solutions ("Deploy Solutions")

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Mars

“Making Space Happen”: Journey to Mars on SlideShare

2015-09-08

Onwards and Upwards – "Making Space Happen": Journey to Mars from Deploy Software Solutions ("Deploy Solutions")

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One Small Step, Of Many

2015-07-20

NASA’s accomplishments are a humbling and inspiring reminder to aim high.

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Good Morning, Pluto!

2015-07-14

Something incredible is five billion kilometers away from Earth, and today the waiting ends!

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Pilae and Rosetta Mission

Philae Lander Wakes Up From Nap

2015-06-14

Philae Lander wakes up on comet: “How long have I been asleep?”

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A Tragic Week for Commercial Spaceflight

2014-11-01

A tragic week for Commercial Spaceflight has ended with the explosion of the Antares rocket and now Virgin Galactic’s fatal disaster

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Uncrewed Antares Rocket Explodes Upon Launch

2014-10-28

Dramatic explosion shows that the dangers of space flight are very real.

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The Planetary Society Celebrates Canada’s Achievements in Space

2014-10-08

The Planetary Society celebrates Canada’s achievements in space exploration.

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IAC 2014: UrtheCast is #DisruptiveTech

2014-10-03

Vancouver-based New Space company UrtheCast is developing a Earth-Observation technology that could disrupt any number of industries.

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IAC 2014 Commercial Spaceflight Plenary

2014-09-30

My notes on the International Astronautical Congress 2014’s Commercial Spaceflight Plenary, in Toronto.

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IAC 2014 in Toronto: “The World Needs Space” Opening Ceremony

2014-09-29

The International Astronautical Congress kicks off its 65th space congress in Toronto with a heartfelt, funny, musical show with lots of star power.

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MAVEN and MOM on Mars

2014-09-24

This week two spacecraft reached Mars. The first is a NASA craft that will study Mars’ upper atmosphere, and the second is from the Indian space agency and is called “Mangalyaan” or Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). It was inserted in Mars orbit tonight. The Mangalyaan probe is a huge success for India because it was […]

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One Hundred Years of Progress

2014-08-04

How do we measure progress? What will someone born today see and know, when they celebrate their birthday in one hundred years?

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Flowers In Space

Exobiotanica: Flowers in Space

2014-07-18

There’s a very cool art project called “Exobiotanica” that just launched a bonsai tree and a floral arrangement into space, and tracked and photographed the result. Set against the beautiful blue backdrop of our home planet, and the darkness of space, the results are really surprising, and a fantastic application of artistic creativity in an […]

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Yuri's Night

Yuri’s Night 2014

2014-04-03

Yuri’s Night I am looking forward to attending the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Space Society’s Yuri’s Night – an annual worldwide celebration of the first human space flight, and of space exploration. From the Yuri’s Night Website: Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties […]

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Astronaut for Sale

CSCA National Conference 2014 – New Manufacturing for NewSpace

2014-03-13

The Canadian Space Commerce Association is a national group whose sole mandate is promotion of Canadian space business. The theme of the 2014 conference is “New Manufacturing for New Space”.

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Hacer realidad el espacio: el viaje a Marte

2014-03-02

Adelante y arriba (Onwards and Upwards). Hacer realidad el espacio: el viaje a Marte from Deploy Software Solutions ("Deploy Solutions")

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Вперед и вверх – «Космос – это реально»: путешествие на Марс

2014-02-26

Вперед и вверх – «Космос – это реально»: путешествие на Марс from Deploy Software Solutions ("Deploy Solutions")

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Вперед и вверх – Оттава в космосе: Член городского совета Мария Макрей

2014-02-26

Вперед и вверх – Оттава в космосе: Член городского совета Мария Макрей from Deploy Software Solutions ("Deploy Solutions")

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National Air and Space Museum Mall Exhibits / Photo by National Air and Space Museum.

National Air and Space Museum or Udvar-Hazy Center?

2014-02-22

If you had to choose between Washington DC’s Smithsonian Air and Space Museum or the Udvar-Hazy Center, which would you pick and why?

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Space Dive

2014-02-18

39 kilometres above the Earth’s surface, there is no oxygen. There is no air pressure. There is no warmth. There is no life. But there is a daredevil.

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Onwards and Upwards – Ottawa In Space: Councillor Maria McRae on SlideShare

2014-02-12

Onwards and Upwards – Ottawa In Space: Councillor Maria McRae from Deploy Software Solutions ("Deploy Solutions")

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NewSpace Pioneers and Entrepreneurs Meetup Group in Ottawa

2014-02-08

In my professional life, I am the co-chair of a meetup group dedicated to professionals who use Microsoft SharePoint technology. The group is getting pretty big and it’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet people with shared interests. On Thursday at our latest meetup we had renowned SharePoint experts fly in […]

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Ottawa - Parliament Hill

New Canadian Space Policy Announced By Federal Government

2014-02-07

[Update – what I called a “plan” is actually a policy framework] The government of Canada has just announced a new space policy framework  for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in response to the recommendations of the David Emerson Aerospace Review. Industry Minister James Moore announced Canada’s revamped space policy framework in the presence of […]

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New GoPro Marketing Video of Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump

2014-02-02

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner performed an epic space jump from a stratospheric balloon 24 miles above Roswell, New Mexico. This video contains updated GoPro camera footage of the jump.

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Mars

“Making Space Happen”: Journey to Mars

2014-01-27

Mars has long called out to generations eager to explore. But are we any closer to landing humans on it? And can it even be done?

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Orbital Sciences and SpaceX Rockets Mean Business

2014-01-15

New Space companies Orbital Sciences and SpaceX are successfully completing major business milestones in space with key rocket launches.

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“Making Space Happen”: The Ansari X PRIZE

2013-12-23

“Some good old-fashioned competition”: It’s been 11 years since the Ansari X PRIZE was awarded. Has it succeeded in its goal of promoting New Space competition?

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“Making Space Happen”: Is Space Tourism Happening?

2013-12-16

In the book “Making Space Happen” it is suggested that Humanity will only truly expand into space when the ordinary public can live and work, and take vacations, in space. But is space tourism really happening?

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New Space Book Review: “Making Space Happen”

2013-12-14

I first read Paula Berinstein’s wonderful book, “Making Space Happen”, about the private space industry, in 2002. Flash forward 11 years: Is Space REALLY Happening?

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UrtheCast Pioneering a new IT Trend: Space-as-a-Service?

2013-12-09

Is Canadian company UrtheCast pioneering a new IT trend, Space-as-a-Service?

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Canadian Space Summit 2013 Day 2

Canadian Space Summit 2013 – Space Commerce Track Day 2 (Notes)

2013-12-01

Disclaimer: I jotted down what I understood but I am likely to get names, comments, and some information wrong. Please contact me if you feel I have misquoted you or otherwise mistated some of the conversations, and I will be happy to set the record straight. Here are my notes: Colonel Andre Dupuis – What […]

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Ottawa - Parliament Hill

Ottawa In Space: Councillor Maria McRae

2013-11-30

City of Ottawa Councillor Maria McRae (@CouncillorMcRae), an avowed “Space Geek” who led the city of Ottawa in expressing its appreciation of Astronaut Chris Hadfield and the Expedition 34/35 crew),  gave a very engaging presentation during the Canadian Space Summit 2013, on the benefits of building space businesses in Ottawa. Being an Ottawa native myself […]

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Canadian Space Summit 2013 – Space Commerce Track Day 1 (Notes)

2013-11-17

I didn’t attend the technical track since I don’t really know math, physics, or science. Instead I attended the General Track, which was chaired by Arny Sokoloff, the Canadian Space Commerce Association President. Disclaimer: I jotted down what I understood but I am likely to get names, comments, and some information wrong. Please contact me […]

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Canadian Space Summit 2013 – CSA President Natynczyk Speech

2013-11-16

I attended the Canadian Space Summit 2013 in Ottawa Canada this week. The following posts are my rough notes. Disclaimer: I jotted down what I understood but I am likely to get names, comments, and some information wrong. Please contact me if you feel I have misquoted you or otherwise mistated some of the conversations, […]

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Interview with Jeremy Roshick of the Space Tourism Society Canada

2013-11-15

Jeremy Roshick is the Founder of Space Tourism Society Canada, the Canadian chapter of the California based organization. I met him at the Canadian Space Summit in Ottawa this past week.  According to the Society: “Our mission is to unite enthusiasts on a local, national and global level and to inspire innovation and creativity in providing […]

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Canadian Space Summit 2013 – Day 1 Keynote

2013-11-14

I attended the Canadian Space Summit 2013 in Ottawa Canada this week. The following posts are my rough notes. Disclaimer: I jotted down what I understood but I am likely to get names, comments, and some information wrong. Please contact me if you feel I have misquoted you or otherwise mistated some of the conversations, […]

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