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!
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!
SAND-E French Press Coverage
Posted on August 17, 2019
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.
SAND-E story in Share America
Posted on August 13, 2019
SAND-E has been a brilliant opportunity to do exciting work at the forefront of planetary exploration research, and part of that experience has been working closely with our international partners. Check out our story on the Share America website, highlighting our international collaboration!
Our winning entry is from Sawyer Murphy, from Helotes, Texas. Congratulations Sawyer!
Sawyer is a senior at O’Connor High School, and after graduation she’ll be attending The University of Texas at Austin where she will be studying art and design (she has been drawing since the young age of 9!). Sawyer loves anything celestial and will often sit down and enjoy a Neil deGrasse Tyson documentary, so this mission patch contest was a great opportunity intersecting her passions and interests.
The SAND-E team and the team here at Mission Control love the thought and creativity behind this beautiful mission patch and we can’t wait to sport it on our equipment in Iceland this summer!
Thank you to everyone to submitted an entry – we hope you’ll tag along with us throughout the SAND-E Mission. There will be future contests and activities to come!
Protected: Mission Control Featured in SpaceTalk-TNG
Posted on February 11, 2019
Posted on January 15, 2019
Keep up to date with us on social media with the hashtag #SANDE!
Mission Control Academy at UCT
Posted on July 13, 2017
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!