Mission Control Academy

Mission Control Academy is a simulated rover mission that challenges participants to design and operate a planetary exploration mission, culminating in an opportunity to remotely drive a real rover prototype in a Mars-like environment.

The mission scenario asks participants to assume realistic roles in a mission to Mars. Working together on a high-stakes space mission highlights important interdisciplinary communication and teamwork skills in an incomparable learning environment. Furthermore, teams have the opportunity to learn from professionals in the space industry who have worked on robotic space missions.

From elementary school students all the way to professionals in the space industry, Mission Control Academy has refined curriculum versions that can cater to any participant group. Like the Robotic Planetary Exploration Analogue Mission (RPEAM) program, previously deployed with the Canadian Space Agency and other partners at the International Space University Space Studies Program, MCA is a unique learning experience and showcases Canadian expertise in space exploration.

For more information about MCA, download our program flyer, and please contact us to see how the program can be deployed for your group.

Mission Control Academy

Latest News

13
Jul
2017

Mission Control Academy at UCT

The reaches of our program go far beyond the Northern Hemisphere!
University of Cape Town Space Lab, all the way in South Africa, is our second Mission Control site this summer! University level students have had the opportunity to learn directly from our team of experts on all of our MCA topics. Team Alpha and Bravo are blasting off this week, so follow our friends UCT on Twitter and keep up to date with our hashtag, #MissionControlAcademy and on Facebook!


07
Jun
2017

Davidson Institute Mission Control Academy

Davidson Institute was the first run of Mission Control Academy this summer, all the way in Rehovot, Israel. Teams of students were able to remotely meet our team and learn about our MCA topics: Rover Systems, Planetary Science, and Space Mission Design. Finally, in their mission simulation they controlled a rover thousands of miles away in Montreal Canada on the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard. Follow us on Twitter to see what’s happening with our MCA missions around the world this summer!


22
May
2017

MCA at Ashbury – Press Release

http://www.prweb.com/releases/missioncontrolacademy/ashburycollege/prweb14323300.htm

Check out our press release linked above, announcing the exciting opportunity for those in the Ottawa area to take part in Mission Control Academy this summer! Registration has yet to close, so if you know of students ages 11-16 (some exceptions can be made) please contact anne@missioncontrolspaceservices.com or visit Ashbury’s registration page: https://summer.ashbury.ca/products/mission-control-academy


21
Apr
2017

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


20
Apr
2017

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!


10
Aug
2016

#SSP16Mars

CSASSPMars2016

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.

GroundControl2016


22
Jul
2016

RPEAM 2016

RPEAM at SSP'14

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


10
May
2016

Mission Control supports the VSAPR

Michaela1As believers in the value of analog missions, the team here at Mission Control proudly signed the Vienna Statement on Analog Planetary Research (VSAPR) on May 10th, 2016. We are a team of multidisciplinary scientists, researchers, and engineers who have used analog missions to further our own scientific research and careers, and hope that this field can grow to once again extend human spaceflight beyond low earth orbit.