Call for Proposals for GEMINI 2021A and SUBARU Exchange-time

The Gemini 2021A Call for Proposals has now been released, and Canadian specific information for Phase 1 can be found at:
https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/products-services/technical-advisory-services/gemini-canadian-specific-information-phase-i-2021a

The deadline is: Thursday October 1st, 2020, at 4pm (PDT)/ 7pm (EDT)

This semester Canada will have access to 224 hours on the North and 186 hours on the South. Please consider submitting programs with relaxed observing conditions, even if they will take longer to execute to get to the same S/N.

Exciting News for 2021A:

  • For GSAOI/GeMs, the new NGS2 Natural Guide Star system has been successfully commissioned. Much fainter guide stars can now be selected thus increasing considerably the sky coverage.
  • MAROON-X is now available at Gemini-North. It is a high-resolution (R=80000) optical radial velocity spectrometer.

For semester 2021A (1 February 2021 to 31 July 2021) the full instrument suite available on Gemini-North is: GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS. Altair will not be available for 2021A as it is still under repair. The Visitor instruments offered on Gemini-North are: GRACES, ALOPEKE, POLISH-2 and MAROON-X.

And on Gemini-South: GMOS-S, Flamingos-2, GSAOI + GeMs; and the Visitor instruments Zorro and IGRINS.

A guaranteed minimum of 5 classical nights will be available on Subaru. The instruments available are: AO188 (but no LGS-AO), FOCAS, HDS, IRCS, Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC), and SWIMS (a wide-field near-infrared imager and multi-object spectrograph) replacing MOIRCS. Note that the visitor instruments SCExAO including the VAMPIRES module, CHARIS and now IRD-Infrared Doppler are also available. You must request half nights or full nights, except for HSC now taking programs in queue mode.

Good luck!
Stéphanie Côté,
Canadian Gemini Office, NRC HAARC

Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST)

Dear CASCA Members,

Let me bring to your attention a webinar series organized by the Canadian Space Agency at the beginning of August.

Best regards,
Jean Dupuis, Canadian Space Agency


Dear Researchers,

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) cordially invites you and your research teams to attend a series of webinars to be hosted in early August that will present the various platforms available for conducting research in a simulated space environment.

Under the Flights and Fieldwork for the Advancement of Science and Technology (FAST) 2019 Announcement of Opportunity (AO), certain projects were required to test their technology during a flight, a field deployment or a research site deployment in order to be considered eligible for funding. It is for this reason that the CSA would like to raise awareness amongst the research community about the various platforms from which their projects may benefit. The series will be kicked off by an introductory presentation outlining the CSA’s Capability Demonstration initiative, and will be followed by individual presentations each covering a separate research platform. The presentations will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of the research platform
  • Costs of using the platform
  • Process for accessing the platform
  • Advantages and disadvantages of using this type of platform for research
  • Examples of research that has already been conducted, or can be conducted using this type of platform
  • Research communities that may be interested in this type of platform

The target audience for these webinars will be researchers (principal investigators and co-investigators) from Canadian postsecondary institutions across the country who are conducting research projects related to space science and technology and who may be interested in applying for funding under the FAST program in the future.

Details of each presentation and registration links can be found below. Please note that all webinars will be presented in English, however presentation materials (including Q&A) will be prepared in both official languages and CSA employees will be available to answer questions in French. For presentation topics marked with an asterisk (*), please indicate in your registration form (or by e-mailing me) whether you are interested in attending a French presentation at a later date.

Date and Time Topic Registration Link Presenter
August 6, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
Capability Demonstration Initiative and Research Platforms Overview* [Register here] Sid Saraf
Canadian Space Agency
August 7, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
Parabolic Flights: NRC’s Falcon 20* [Register here] Derek Gowanlock
National Research Council
August 10, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
Stratospheric Balloons* [Register here] Philippe Vincent
Canadian Space Agency
August 11, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
Suborbital Rockets: Blue Origin’s New Shepard [Register here] Erika Wagner
Blue Origin

Andrea Yip
Luna Design and Innovation

August 12, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
Analogue terrains and rovers* [Register here] David Shaffer and Sid Saraf
Canadian Space Agency
August 13, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
International Space Station (ISS) facility: Nanoracks [Register here] Ajeeth Ibrahim
Nanoracks
August 14, 2020
1:00PM – 2:00PM EDT
CubeSats [Register here] Darian von Paridon
Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS)

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

Natasha Isloor
Senior Program Officer
Science, Technology and Expertise Development in Academia (STEDiA)
Canadian Space Agency / Government of Canada
asc.stedia-dstemu.csa@canada.ca

The CASCA RSS feed

The CASCA website now has an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed. This allows you to automatically get summaries of all new posts on the site sent to your favourite notification service (be it e-mail, browser, desktop notification centre or Siri) without having to actually visit the site.

An RSS primer and full details of how to subscribe to our RSS feed are in the ‘Contact’ tab of the site at https://casca.ca/?page_id=1392

Mailing list owners: Recently we’ve become aware that, as a fallout from the spam-filter vs. spam-generator AI wars, all of the messages on the e-mail exploder don’t necessarily get to all of the members. In one case an e-mail was received by no one as an outgoing filter erroneously thought that one of the links in it going to a malware site. While I do what I can to clear a way through these minefields for our e-mail this is going to happen from time to time.

So if you run into problems with the e-mail exploder, or if you just want to hedge your bets on the coverage of your time sensitive message, I suggest that you then submit a post to the site with the same information as your e-mail in it under the category ‘e-news’. All RSS subscribers, some of whom will probably be subscribers because of their e-mail provider’s high rate of false positive spam checks, will quickly get your message. If your e-mail’s coverage is in doubt then you can also then send out an additional, link free, message to your mailing list with a suggestion to check the ‘e-news’ category on the site. This will have an excellent chance of getting through to more people than your original message under adverse conditions.

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