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.