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