Iceland & Space Exploration on CBC Radio’s ‘Ideas’
Delighted to be featured in CBC Radio’s ‘Ideas’ podcast alongside our SANDE partners, Texas A&M and NASA.
From Iceland’s similarities to the Red Planet, mythology, NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission and space exploration in the Anthropocene age, it’s full of interesting ‘ideas’, and showcases why we selected to visit Iceland to test out our rover technology and simulate Mars missions!
Today we are joining the #ShutDownSTEM movement and standing with our Black friends and colleagues against systemic racism. We have been listening these past few weeks to the important conversations that are taking place and reflecting deeply on how we can make a difference in our corner of the space industry.
Black Lives Matter. At Mission Control, we want to make it unequivocally clear where we stand on racism: we have never and will never tolerate it in our workplace. We hope that the culture that we have cultivated thus far has made it clear that we celebrate and value diversity and inclusion in our workplace. However recent events have prompted reflection about how to move beyond celebrating and valuing diversity and inclusion, and actively integrating anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and practices, within our workplace culture. We know that there are further steps we can take to listen, reflect, improve, and give back – for the sake of our current employees, our future employees, students and our customers and partners in the industry. This is not a one-day effort; the work has just begun, and it will probably never end. We hope to be transparent along the way.
Our leadership team is working on a vision and tactical steps to weave antiracist ideals into the cloth of Mission Control. These are issues that we cannot shy away from in an effort to build a company our employees and partners are proud of work for and with.
For #ShutDownSTEM today, we are providing our employees the opportunity to take some paid time off and direct that time towards educating, learning, and reflecting. We have compiled (and will continue to compile) and shared resources internally on systemic oppression and racism in Canada and what steps we can take as individuals and as a company to dismantle this system. We are devoting thought and resources to make meaningful change, including examining our internal policies and practices, and our Mission Control Academy curricula to ensure it is accessible and responsive to the diverse contexts for learning across Canada.
Space is for everyone, and we can each play a part in making it that way.
To register for the event for free, please sign up here. Hope to catch you at the panel!
Mission Control is excited to announce a contract awarded by the Canadian Space Agency for the development of a novel payload to advance lunar scientific exploration. Read more about our amazing partners and collaborators in our press release!
Canada Reaches for the Moon!
The Canadian Space Agency awarded 7 contracts worth a total of $4.36 million to 5 companies and one university to advance concepts for nano- and micro-rovers, and autonomous science instruments – part of LEAP (Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program). These advancements will serve as the first steps towards landing and conducting Canadian science on the surface of the Moon! Mission Control is excited to be among those announced:
Part of the Mission Control Academy experience is letting our participants act out real roles in a planetary rover mission, including acting as our PAO (Public Affairs Officer) to do EPO: Education & Public Outreach!
Education & Public Outreach in a mission is incredibly important to help involve the public and encourage support and understanding of the exciting exploration work happening in space. EPO is a critical part of any science mission, keeping people and especially students engaged, and strengthening their understanding and connection to space missions.
Starting this Friday, Oct 18th, our new Mission Control Academy Twitter Account will be showcasing the experience of students at Waltrip High (Houston) & Woodroffe High (Ottawa) as they drive our Rover prototype all the way in Montreal at the CSA Mars Yard.
These 2 Mission Control Academies are delivered as part of our SANDE project.
Mission Control is excited to announce a deployment of Mission Control Academy, our immersive, technology-based education and outreach program for students this fall at Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas, and Woodroffe High School in Ottawa, Ontario.
The program will take place over 2 weeks, during which time Mission Control scientists and engineers will deliver lessons to educate the students on planetary science, engineering and mission operations. The program will culminate on October 18th, 2019, when students in both Ottawa and Houston, will remotely operate a rover prototype deployed at the Canadian Space Agency Mars Analogue Terrain in Saint-Hubert, Canada, replicating the experience of executing a real mission to Mars. Media are welcome to attend the missions on October 18th either at the two schools.
Topics for the lecture/workshops include: ‘An introduction to the solar system and our galactic back yard’, ‘Why we explore space, and the careers available’, ‘Planetary science and the search for life’, ‘Rover systems and design’, and ‘Planning a Mars exploration mission’
Follow along with our social media channels and the hashtags #MissionControlAcademy and #SANDE!
Announcement: Partnership with Pleora Technologies!
Today we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Pleora Technologies!
This partnerships that combines our respective expertise in real-time sensor networking and artificial intelligence (AI) for robotic control and automation to enable advanced driver assistance in local situational awareness (LSA) and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications. We will be ntegrating their RuggedCONNECT smart video switcher platform and our Vehicle/Terrain AI Safety System. This AI capability is the evolution of our patented ASAS technology originally developed for space applications with the support of the Canadian Space Agency!
Spinning off space technology for terrestrial applications is a strength of the Canadian Space industry. Read the press release here.
Space.com – SAND-E Press Coverage
We are very excited to share the Space.com story about our SAND-E Mission, which took place from July 8-August 5th in Iceland. Our team tested the prototype rover and a drone meant to showcase the potential capabilities of NASA’s Mars 2020 helicopter. Read about our exciting research and mission here!
SAND-E French Press Coverage
Our SAND-E mission this summer in Iceland was a great opportunity to test and demonstrate our software in conjunction with our partners.
See our story covered in 20 minutes, FranceTV, and 24.