The Canadian Space Commerce Association presents for its annual general meeting a day long interactive discussion on the Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada.
There are a lot of robots aboard the International Space Station (ISS) these days and Canada plays a key role with the Mobile Servicing System and with its primary component the iconic Canadarm2, our second generation robotic arm follow-up to the highly successful Canadarm used on the space shuttles.
But the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have JEM RMS and the Small Fine Arm (SFA) while the European Space Agency (ESA) makes do with the European Robotic Arm (ERA) and the Russian’s use Strela, a manually operated robotic device. Even General Motors has Robonaut II built in collaboration with NASA which will shortly be onboard.
Given the above, does Canada still enjoy that historic lead in robotics we once used as leverage for Canadian astronaut trips aboard 13 NASA and two Soyuz manned missions over the last two decades?
Perhaps it’s time to assess the evolving landscape. What opportunities are there for Canadian businesses looking to leverage technical expertise on the world stage? What are the next “breakthrough” technologies that will allow us continue to “punch above our weight” in the international arena? Should we be looking at Martian rovers, or electrical propulsion technology or a next generation Canadarm (perhaps optimized for on-orbit servicing) or new devices for measurement and detection?
Or is there something else on the horizon?
Our one day event will feature 10 speakers focusing on a variety of emerging space technologies and existing programs. Topics top be addressed will include:
Who Should Attend
Program and Speakers
Here are speakers and the meeting agenda is now available (PDF).
Late Afternoon Panel Discussion:
The Next Breakthrough Space Technologies for Canada, Moderated by Chuck Black, SpaceRef Canada
Startup Liftoff - Up to three speakers for startup commercial space companies will have a chance for a high-energy 5 minute talk. Do you want to participate in the Liftoff talk? Send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Networking and Social
During the course of the day there will be several opportunities to network and after the formal day concludes we'll retire to Scallywags, 11 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto were participants can have dinner and socialize starting at 7:00 p.m.
Neither lunch or dinner are included in the cost of the meeting.
The Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) is a registered Canadian not-for-profit industry organization dedicated to advancing the economic, legal and political environment for space focused companies.
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