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Thursday, October 10

13:00 EDT

Global Transparency for Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In 2016, GHGSat launched a demonstration satellite ("Claire") for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from any industrial site in the world. Claire has proven that it is possible to detect and quantify emissions from oil & gas, power generation, waste management and other sources around the world. Claire will soon be joined by two new GHGSat satellites and an aircraft sensor, all launching within the next 12 months, providing an order-of-magnitude improvement in performance and capacity. GHGSat is collecting all measurements in a new global datastore for greenhouse gas emissions, together with relevant data from third-party satellite and ground sources. This datastore is being used to develop new analytics, such as neural networks to identify emissions plumes and predictive algorithms to identify areas and facilities at high risk of emissions. These innovations are ushering-in a new era of global transparency for industrial greenhouse gas emissions, providing operators, regulators and policy-makers with the insights they need to reduce emissions.

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Stéphane Germain

Stéphane Germain founded GHGSat in 2011 to answer a market need for consistent, high quality measurements of greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities worldwide.Mr. Germain has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering, project management, and business development... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2019 13:00 - 13:20 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

13:20 EDT

Space Flight Laboratory: Microsatellites from Concept to Operations
The Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) builds low-cost microsatellites and nanosatellites that continually push the performance envelope. SFL has had 20 successful years of space flight. With over 20 satellites in orbit, they have accumulated over 100 years of flight heritage. Missions are typically developed with stringent attitude control and data requirements that are striking relative to the budget available.SFL also offers a unique opportunity for graduate students of the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies to work alongside experienced spacecraft engineers on nano/microsatellite missions. Find out more about what SFL, spaceflight and the graduate program during this session.

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Rami Kandela

Spacecraft Engineer, Space Flight Laboratory
I am a spacecraft engineer at the Space Flight Laboratory. I work on the hardware of micro/nanosatellites. My interests in space started back in undergrad when I joined Space Concordia. I worked on a student-built 3U cubesat which made me realize my passion for space and the engineering... Read More →

Thursday October 10, 2019 13:20 - 13:40 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

13:40 EDT

A Growing Perspective
We are all born curious and accumulate a deeper understanding of the world as we gain experiences. A perspective of the universe was not something I thought would be relevant when starting university, and through an initial opportunity at Concordia, soon became my whole world. The universe is a captivating mystery that draws many of us to explore and push the frontier of what is possible, and for myself, a mixture of determination and passion fuelled all my contributions. The constant has always been the people that enable such grand projects to come together, as aligning our goals and focusing our efforts is the best way to learn and achieve in this industry. At Space Concordia, I initially worked on the payload for the Aleksandr satellite while knowing close to nothing. As the society grew, we were involved with outreach events, conferences, workshops; all exposing us to a large range of experiences and fields. Once concluding university, I had gained plenty of experience with spacecraft, our first sounding rocket and our first high altitude balloon. I took this momentum to work at Space Flight Laboratory as part of my masters where I decided to focus on thermal systems. Again being exposed to many experts in the fields, we have successful satellites in orbit and more scheduled for the future. Once my duties were completed, I moved back to Montreal and decided to work with Nuvu Cameras, where we are collaborating with the WFIRST mission to integrate our powerful cameras for their spacecraft. My exposure with multiple disciplines is what helps me guide these devices throughout development, while learning from my team on the intricacies of what they have created. Continuously exploring and sharing our progress is how we build perspective in this changing world.

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Nicholas Velenosi

Space Integration Expert, Nuvu Cameras
I have always been one to follow my passion and throw myself into new challenges assuming I would adapt. I discovered my passion for space later in life, and it had a profound effect on me once I realized a career in that field was not only feasible, but deeply engaging.

Thursday October 10, 2019 13:40 - 14:00 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10
Friday, October 11

09:20 EDT

RADARSAT-2 Operations – 11+ Years of Good Times
Satellite operations presents a wide range of challenges as an Earth-based team operates and maintains a spacecraft in orbit that they cannot see or touch. Engineers need to respond to new issues in real time as well as anticipate future problems by proactively monitoring spacecraft health and preparing detailed response plans and products. The RADARSAT-2 mission, which has been successfully operated at the Canadian Space Agency for over 11 years, has many examples of how operations staff have responded to and anticipated new challenges. An overview of the RADARSAT-2 operations philosophy will be presented, bringing together a team with various skill sets and various horizon to address challenging issues along with a summary of the most interesting challenges encountered and overcome during the mission thus far.

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Casey Lambert

Senior Satellite System Engineer, MDA
Responsible for the system Enginnering of RADARSAT-2 and RCM missions

Friday October 11, 2019 09:20 - 09:40 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

09:40 EDT

RCM Preparation for Launch and Early operation
On June 12 SpaceX launched the RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), a trio of radar earth observation satellites built by MDA for the Canadian Space Agency, continuing Canada’s legacy as a pioneering innovator in synthetic aperture radar technologies. Behind this launch was years of preparation by the satellite operations team, a highly interdisciplinary group of people ranging from spacecraft engineers to software engineers to image scientists. Together they developed and tested software and procedures to control the satellite using a complex system spanning across the globe from the North West Territories to Antarctica (and of course, space). This talk will explain how the operations team prepared for the launch and walk through the early stages of operations leading to the first images on the satellites. It will also detail the particular complexities and challenges faced in the early stages of the mission and explain how the operations team was able to successfully overcome these challenges towards a successful mission.

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Bryn Orth-Lashley

Systems Engineer, MDA
Bryn is a Systems Engineer on the MDA Flight Operations team that operates the recently launched RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM), a trio of Earth observation satellites built by MDA for the Canadian Space Agency. After entering the space industry in 2015 developing software for... Read More →

Friday October 11, 2019 09:40 - 10:00 EDT
Room CR2 ICAO - 999 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3C 5H10

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