A Workshop on Suborbital Platforms and Nanosatellites

Building academic capacity in the Science and Technology space sector is a priority of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in particular through promoting the use of accessible and cost effective suborbital platforms and nanosatellites that can accommodate research and graduate student training.

Update: Here’s the final report.

In this context the CSA is pleased to announce that it will host a Workshop on Suborbital Platforms and Nanosatellites on April 14,15, and 16, 2010, at the John H. Chapman Space Centre in St-Hubert, Quebec (beginning at 13:00 on April 14 and ending at noon on April 16).

Major objectives of the workshop are:
– To assess and document community usage (nature of science, likely payload requirements and frequency) of suborbital platforms (aircraft, balloons, sounding rockets) and nanosatellites as research and training tools over the next 5-10 years.
– To assess the desirability of Canadian and/or International launch sites for each platform
– To consolidate the interest of, and initiate discussions with, potential leaders of a Canadian-based balloon launch facility.

Who Should Attend
Members, including students, of the Canadian space science communities from academia, industry and government are invited to participate in this workshop.
Participants interested in developing a proposal for a Canadian balloon launch facility are invited to participate.
Research managers and administrators from universities actively involved in space sciences are also invited to participate.

Workshop Venue
The workshop will be held in the Conference Center of the John H. Chapman Space Centre, headquarters of the Canadian Space Agency:
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l’Aroport
Saint-Hubert, Qubec J3Y 8Y9

Travel and Accommodation
Workshop participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.

There are many hotels on the island of Montreal. Hotels closer to the CSA are:
Hotel Mortagne
1228, Rue Nobel
Boucherville, Qc
J4B 5H1
Tel (450) 655-9966
Fax (450) 655-9946
Toll free (877) 655-9966

ALT Hotel Quartier DIX30
6500 boulevard de Rome, Brossard, Qc J4Y 0B6
Tel.: 450.443.1030
Toll free: 1.877.343.1030
Fax: 450.443.0040

Manoir Rouville-Campbell
125 Chemin des Patriotes Sud, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, J3H 3G5
Tel : 450-446-6060
Toll free: 1-866-250-6060
Fax: 450-446-4878

There are no registration fees; however, pre-registration will be required for logistical planning purposes. Online registration will be set up in the near future. Please visit the CSA website often to find out about the latest information. Please reserve those dates.

More information: http://www.space.gc.ca

About Marc Boucher

Boucher is an entrepreneur, writer, editor & publisher. He is the founder of SpaceQ Media Inc. and CEO and co-founder of SpaceRef Interactive LLC. Boucher has 20+ years working in various roles in the space industry and a total of 30 years as a technology entrepreneur including creating Maple Square, Canada's first internet directory and search engine.

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