Yolanda is the Director of Programs at Mission Control where she provides the programmatic execution expertise to support the success of Mission Controls’ strategic goals. She has over 20 years of experiences in the space industry and has been involved with projects through all phases, from pre-phase 0 studies through design and development to commissioning and on-orbit operations. Previous programs include RapidEye, an optical Earth Observation 5-satellite constellation, Sapphire, a space surveillance small satellite and as well as numerous projects using AI / ML to improve performance and reduce operator loading. Yolanda holds a BEng (Aerospace) from Carleton University and has been a certified PMP member since 2015. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and baking (particularly cupcakes), and travelling.
Posted on October 14, 2021
Dr. Andrew Macdonald
Posted on October 12, 2021
Andrew is an AI Specialist at Mission Control where he advances artificial intelligence technologies and products. With a background in aerospace and nanotechnology his expertise spans anomaly detection, imaging spectroscopy, and remote sensing data analysis. Andrew holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia (Physics) and a BSc from the University of Waterloo (Mathematical Physics). On weekends you can find him hiking, canoeing, or in a tent with a paperback and his husky-shepherd Max.
Posted on October 12, 2021
Swapneeth is a Software and Robotics Engineering co-op at Mission Control and is a third year Computer Science student at Carleton University. He has previously worked at Tehama, Ottawa-based start-up enabling remote workforces, and also has experience building software for school clubs and non-profits. In his spare time, he likes to build personal software projects, take up analogue photography, and spin sprockets while biking around Ottawa.
Posted on September 27, 2021
Avinash is a Robotics/Software Engineering Co-op Student at Mission Control. He is a fourth-year computer engineering student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland with previous co-op experiences at Nokia Ottawa and other software companies in Newfoundland. He is also part of Memorial University’s CubeSat project Killick-1, designing and developing the mission control subsystem. He likes to contribute to open-source projects, watch motorsports, and play guitar in his free time.
Dr. Jen Newman
Posted on September 13, 2021
Jen is a Postdoctoral Mitacs Intern at Mission Control and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Winnipeg who is working on mission operation concepts. Jen has a Ph.D. (Geology & Planetary Science) from Western University and a M.Sc. (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) and B.Sc. (Environmental Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences) from the University of Alberta. While at Western, Jen was part of three analogue rover missions with the CSA. In her spare time, Jen likes to watch hockey, stargaze, and cook.
Posted on September 13, 2021
Cosette is a Ph.D. Candidate in Earth and Space Sciences at York University and is a Mitacs intern at Mission Control assisting with the I-SPI mission. She is a planetary geologist who studies the chemical and physical properties of airless bodies. She received both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in geology at the University of Alberta. Cosette has interned at the Lunar and Planetary Institute where she helped complete a geologic assessment of the Moon’s south pole to identify potential extra-vehicular activity targets for NASA’s Artemis mission. Cosette enjoys going for walks with her dog, Molly, and playing board games with friends.
Posted on August 30, 2021
Ryan is a third-year Software Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, working as a Robotics Engineering Co-op at Mission Control. He has previous software development experience at Uber and Wish. Ryan has also been involved with the Midnight Sun Solar Car Team at the University of Waterloo as firmware lead, designing and implementing the software and firmware systems for a custom solar vehicle. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading and competitive programming
A Message from our CEO. Black Lives Matter.
Posted on June 10, 2020
A message from our CEO:
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.
Lunar Missions Panel – Online Event
Posted on May 5, 2020
Space.com – SAND-E Press Coverage
Posted on August 21, 2019
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!