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FAST webinars on research platforms

As part of the Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) Announcement of Opportunity (AO), the technology of certain projects had to be tested during a flight, a field deployment or a research site deployment in order to be considered eligible for funding.

In order to raise awareness among the research community about the various platforms from which their projects may benefit, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has organized a series of webinars to present the platforms available for conducting research in a simulated space environment.

Webinars are open to researchers, principal investigators and co-investigators from Canadian postsecondary institutions across the country who are conducting research projects related to space science and technology and who may be interested in applying under the FAST funding initiative in the future.

The presentations will cover the following topics:

Webinar schedule
Date and time Description Presenter

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

Capability Demonstration Initiative and Research Platforms Overview

Sid Saraf

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

Parabolic Flights: NRC's Falcon 20

Derek Gowanlock
National Research Council Canada

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

Stratospheric Balloons

Philippe Vincent

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

Suborbital Rockets: Blue Origin's New Shepard

Erika Wagner
Blue Origin

Andrea Yip
Luna Design and Innovation

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

Analogue terrains and rovers

David Shaffer and Sid Saraf

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

International Space Station facility: Nanoracks

Ajeeth Ibrahim

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET


Darian von Paridon
Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS)

Please note that all webinars will be presented in English; however, presentation materials (including Q&As) will be prepared in both official languages and CSA presenters will be available to answer questions in French.

To stay informed of the latest news and updates, regularly consult the FAST funding initiative page.

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