Mission Control Academy 2017

MCA 2017

Mission Control Space Services is excited to announce the dates of the four Mars exploration missions we are deploying this summer.
Mission Control Academy is a high-fidelity rover simulation mission that engages participants in planetary science, engineering, planetary rover operations, and space mission planning. The program culminates with the opportunity to remotely drive a real planetary rover prototype at the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard in Montreal, Canada.
Teams of participants around the world are preparing to blast off, so set your calendars and keep up to date with each mission by following the hashtag #MissionControlAcademy

Mission Control Academy at Davidson Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), June 5-7
Mission Control Academy at University of Capetown (UCT) (Cape Town, South Africa), July 13-14
Mission Control Academy at Ashbury College (Ottawa, Canada), July 14
Mission Control Academy at International Space University SSP (Cork, Ireland), Aug 1-2


Mission Control Academy Logo

Mission Control Academy Logo


Our team has been working hard to develop and refine our rover simulation education program, Mission Control Academy. This year has seen some great changes to our curriculum and mission planning, including expanding our program to new age groups and audiences.

We are excited to unveil our new Mission Control Academy logo. Look forward to seeing it in a few places around the world this summer!


2017 ASAS Testing

Gearing up for the final few months of our ASAS project, our team is preparing for some more field testing of our software. Our robotics engineers have been performing set-up, integration, and preliminary testing on our rover from a cozy corner at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa. Drop by to say hi, and follow us on our social media channels to see more images from the upcoming test campaigns!


Mission Control at SEDS Ascension 2017


Last week at the SEDS Ascension 2017 Conference in Toronto, Kaizad Raimalwala, one of our Junior Robotics Engineers, gave a great talk about our company and activities. Kaizad is also Chief of Staff of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Canada. To check out more of their activities, please see their website: https://seds.ca/


ASAS Test Campaign

Our ASAS project is in full swing.
Here are some members of our team and our friends at ARGO XTR last week, out in the field with the rover doing testing campaigns.
Part of developing Autonomous Soil Assessment System involves testing and acquiring data in different combinations of slope and terrain type (sand, gravel and bedrock). Using machine learning, this information will be used to help future autonomous vehicles to make their own ‘decisions’ in real-time.


Mission Control at IAC 2016

Ewan speaking at IAC

Mission Control was fortunate enough to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for this year’s International Astronautical Congress. We were fortunate enough to take part in the Canadian Space Agency’s Canada Mission to Mexico, as well as present other papers (Michaela and Ewan). The above photo is a talk on Mission Control’s RPEAM activity.
Be sure to follow our facebook and twitter and the hashtag #IAC2016 to hear more about one of the biggest annual events in the space community.




This year’s RPEAM activity was a great success. Three teams, Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie, successfully completed the mission, communicating with a Ground Control and driving a rover in Montreal at the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard.

To see media from the event, be sure to check out the #SSP16Mars tag on twitter and see the Mission Control Facebook page.



RPEAM 2016


For the third year in a row, a team lead by Mission Control Space Services is running the Robotic Planetary Exploration Analogue Mission (RPEAM) at the International Space University Space Studies Program (SSP) this year in Haifa, Israel! On August 8th and 9th, three teams of SSP Participants are becoming international interdisciplinary astronauts from the ‘International Space Agency’.

The purpose of RPEAM is to give participants the opportunity to learn about mission planning, definition and real time planning operations, overseen by a team of experts from academia and industry. Students will be involved in learning the concepts and theories specific to robotic planetary exploration, a mission planning session, and finally, the execution of the analogue mission.

From their site at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, teams will control an Ontario Drive and Gear rover prototype in the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard in Montreal, scouting optimal locations on the ‘red planet’ for human exploration and science.
Check our countdown page to get excited, and don’t forget to follow along before and during our mission simulation using the hashtag #SSP16Mars


Testing ASAS

We are spending the next few weeks doing testing on our ASAS technology with ODG – keep up to date by following us on twitter and facebook!


CASI Astro 2016


Mission Control hosted a networking event in our new office space at the incubator! Some friends and colleagues were invited to check out our business and meet each other and our team while in town for the 2016 CASI Astro conference.