When teaching astronauts to operate Canadarm2, I had to know my stuff inside and out. Being a younger woman in that environment sometimes made it hard to tell an astronaut, who's proven himself technically and all, to go back and try again or that I was going to show him how to improve on something. I knew that I had to know my stuff because if I was going to challenge one of those people, I'd better have a darn good reason and solid arguments.Continue reading Humans of CSA
Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Mr. Sylvain Laporte has been appointed as the new President of the Canadian Space Agency. Continue reading Coming soon...
2015-02-05 - New maps from the Planck Space Telescope reveal that the stars are younger than previously thought - By studying records left behind by the most ancient light in the Universe, astronomers have discovered that the first stars began to shine approximately 550 million years after the Big Bang, restoring light to the dense, dark Universe. Continue reading about Planck Space Telescope new maps
Lac-Mégantic Train Disaster
International Charter provides Pleiades imagery over the Lac-Mégantic disaster
Canada has obtained a very high resolution image of the Lac-Mégantic train wreck, which was captured on July 13 by Pléiades, a satellite of the CNES, the French space agency. This picture was taken after Public Safety Canada activated the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, in which the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is actively involved. The data shared in the context of the Charter help damage assessment and support recovery efforts. (Credit: CNES 2013, Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image S.A. France)
Red frame Disaster area
Green circle Residential
Red circle Commercial
Green frame Affected residential
Orange frame Affected Commercial
Yellow line Roads
Hatched line Railroad
This animation map shows an overview of the destruction caused by the train derailment and explosion that occurred at Lac-Mégantic on July 6, 2013. The product was developed by Effigis Geo-Solutions (Montreal, Canada) as part of their mandate in the Canadian Space Agency's Rapid Information Products and Services (RIPS) initiative.
This animation produced from RADARSAT-2 data captured in June 2013, shows the maximum (in red) and minimum extent of the flooding in the High River region in Alberta.
Canadian Space Technology to Help Sick Children
Researchers at the SickKids Hospital Centre for Image-Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) in Toronto, Canada, turned to the technology behind Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic handyman on the International Space Station, to build a new robot capable of performing delicate procedures on little patients more accurately and faster than a surgeon's hands. This new application of Canadian space technology is set to pave the way for new pediatric surgical tools that will make procedures safer and less invasive. The third version of the robot is currently being tested and shows promising applications for fetal, neurological, cardiac and urological surgeries. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency) More information about KidsArm
Canadian Space technology helps breast cancer patients
The Centre for Surgical Innovation and Invention turned to Canadarm technology to develop IGAR (Image-Guided Autonomous Robot), a promising platform offering one stop diagnosis and treatment for patients with a high risk of breast cancer. More information on Canadian Space technology
RADARSAT-2: Keeping an eye on Earth
Capable of scanning the Earth at all times, day or night through any weather conditions, RADARSAT-2 has typically acquired more than 30,000 images a year since its launch in 2007. More information on RADARSAT-2
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