Category Archives: Canadian Space Agency

Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Vol 2 at the printer!

ImageBig news from CANAV … Aviation in Canada: The Noorduyn Norseman, Volume 2 is at the printer. It goes on press November 7 and will be shipping to you the following week. By now you know how this routine goes at CANAV, right. Download the order form for all the “gen” about “Norseman 2” and a reminder about Vol.1, which so many of you already are enjoying (click on any photo to see it full size).
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Hello aviation businesses … give some thought to using some of CANAV’s great titles as gifts and incentives this season for your employees, retirees, suppliers and customers. More businesses now are using our world-class books this way. The reasons are simple and just make too much good sense: a book has a lot more impact and staying power than your traditional 26er or box of cigars (yesterday’s gift ideas). For a change, give something with some intellectual, cultural and simple common sense value (think saving money).

Besides “Norseman 2”, check out the  fabulous new books by Chris Hadfield, and the excellent $60 deal if you’re ordering both. You followed Chris during his recent tour as Commander of the International Space Station, so these are sure to have a special place in your library. Download the order form here.

Chris’ book launch for “Astronaut’s View”  on October 29 was highlighted by him seeming to be everywhere in the media. Treat yourself and track down some of these super Chis Hadfield interviews — they are inspiring! First off today, I heard Chris on CBC “Q”, while driving down the 404 from my warehouse in Aurora in my ’93 Towncar “Bookmobile” carrying 1000 pounds of CANAV books . Next, I caught him on CBC “Strombo”, finally, after supper, on Steve Paikin’s  fabulous TVO show “The Agenda”. Definitely mark these on your “to do” list — the sooner the better. They’ll be somewhere on the web. Do this, then order the books, right!

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Finally, also attached is CANAV’s Fall 2013 Booklist. This is Canada’s best mail order aviation list. It’s loaded with top-notch titles and excellent deals — it even has a free book offer! This season you still can get $60 off Air Transport in Canada,  $45 of Fighter Squadron (441 Sqn) and $109 off a set of Canada’s Air Force at War and Peace. So … looking for a knock-out of a gift for any special aviation fan? Well, you won’t do better anywhere (believe it or not …  used copies on the web usually are pricier).

Any questions? Send me an email — larry@canavbooks.com. Good reading to all from ye old scribe at CANAV … Larry
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Apollo 11 40th Anniversary

The set-up at the Apollo 11 celebration at the CASM. The museum's full-scale CF-105 Arrow mock-up looms majestically to the side. (Andrew Yee)

The set-up at the Apollo 11 celebration at the CASM. The museum's full-scale CF-105 Arrow mock-up looms majestically to the side. (Andrew Yee)

July 20, 2009 was a red letter day at the Canadian Air and Space Museum at Toronto’s Downsview airport. Hundreds of history-minded fans gathered at the museum to reminisce about that unforgettable day 40 years ago when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped from their lunar excursion module onto the moon’s surface — the first “men on the moon”.

Astronauts Bondar and Tryggvason, who did so much to make Toronto's Apollo 11 event such a success. (Andrew Yee)

Astronauts Bondar and Tryggvason, who did so much to make Toronto's Apollo 11 event such a success. (Andrew Yee)

The crowd at the CASM included Canadian astronauts Roberta Bondar (STS-42 1992) and Bjarni Tryggvason (STS-85 1997). Veterans of Avro Canada who attended included the great James C. Floyd, chief design engineer of the Avro Canada Jetliner and CF-105 Arrow.

The renowned James C. "Jim" Floyd answers questions and signs autographs. Then, Jim with Roberta Bondar. His aviation career began in the pre-war and wartime UK doing engineering on the Anson, Lancaster, etc. Then he emigrated to Canada, where he led the design teams on the Avro Canada C.102 Jetliner and CF-105 Arrow. When the Arrow was cancelled, he returned to the UK to a new challenge as a pioneer designer on what would evolve into the Concord. At age 95 Jim continues to be enthusiastic about aerospace, especially regarding Canada's future role. (Larry Milberry)

The renowned James C. "Jim" Floyd with Roberta Bondar. His aviation career began in the pre-war and wartime UK doing engineering on the Anson, Lancaster, etc. Then he emigrated to Canada, where he led the design teams on the Avro Canada C.102 Jetliner and CF-105 Arrow. When the Arrow was canceled, he returned to the UK to a new challenge as a pioneer designer on what would evolve into the Concord. At age 95 Jim continues to be enthusiastic about aerospace, especially regarding Canada's future role. (Larry Milberry)

From aboard the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk sent his own message via video downlink; and former Avro Arrow team member John Hodge, later a top NASA mission controller, spoke to us live via Skype connection. Representatives of the aerospace community reflected on Canada’s illustrious aviation and space heritage, then mused about what the future might hold. Apogee Books publisher, Robert Godwin, em-cee’d the whole thing.

The overall scene at the CASM -- July 20, 2009. (Larry Milberry)

The overall scene at the CASM -- July 20, 2009. (Larry Milberry)

Along with spaceflight historian Chris Gainor and Ross Maynard (son of Owen Maynard, an Avroite who excelled at NASA after cancellation of the Arrow), Bondar, Tryggvason and Floyd fielded questions from many enthusiastic fans. Their podium was flanked on one side by the CASM’s magnificent Avro Arrow mock-up, on the other by the airworthy replica of the Silver Dart, which Tryggvason had flown at Baddeck in February.

The Silver Dart replica, the same machine that Bjarni Tryggvason flew at Baddeck on February 22, 2009. Created by the AEA2005 association under Doug Jermyn, this world-class replica has been touring Canada. Soon it will settle in at the CASM for a stay of about two years, then will find a permanent home in the Alexander Graham Bell Museum at Baddeck. (Larry Milberry)

The Silver Dart replica, the same machine that Bjarni Tryggvason flew at Baddeck on February 22, 2009. Created by the AEA2005 association under Doug Jermyn, this world-class replica has been touring Canada. Soon it will settle in at the CASM for a stay of about two years, then will find a permanent home in the Alexander Graham Bell Museum at Baddeck. (Larry Milberry)

A few hours after everyone had dispersed from Downsview, came some nifty “icing on the Apollo 11 cake”. At 2207 hours the ISS, with the Shuttle Endeavor docked to it, appeared high over Toronto in one of the best such fly-overs ever enjoyed in these parts. Among the crowd of 13 astronauts aboard the ISS were Canadians Bob Thirsk (TMA-15 and on a 6-month ISS mission) and ISS visitor Julie Payette (STS-127). Thanks to the CASM, July 20, 2009 certainly goes down as one of the top dates on Canada’s Centennial of Flight calendar.

Canadian Space Agency’s final decision: Hansen & St.-Jacques

The Incredible Sixteen at the CAS's March 16 news conference.

The Incredible Sixteen at the CAS's March 16 news conference. (photo Larry Milberry)

In our earlier post on the contest to become Canada’s next astronaut, we refrained from speculating on the winners. Now the Canadian Space Agency announces its two picks. From the press release:

Nearly 25 years after the first Canadian astronaut flew into space and only weeks before two Canadian space veterans launch to the International Space Station, the Honourable Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Space Agency (CSA) President Steve MacLean revealed the names of Canada’s newest astronauts.

“Canada is poised for the future, extending our proud history of achievements in human spaceflight, science and technology innovation and space exploration,” said the Honourable Tony Clement. “These new astronauts will support Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station and continue to inspire our young Canadians to pursue advanced studies in the sciences and reach for their dreams.”

The new astronauts were chosen among 5351 applicants. Through the year-long recruitment process, candidates underwent evaluations ranging from robotics to physical fitness testing.

“I am inspired by the outstanding talent I have seen in the Canadians that applied to become astronauts. Canadians have risen to the top in so many areas of achievement and our recruitment campaign attracted the best and the brightest of our nation,” said CSA President Steve MacLean. “The Canadian Space Agency’s two new astronauts will embark on a career which, I can say from personal experience, will be full of adventure and personal fulfillment.  And they will do important work on behalf of Canada and on behalf of humanity.”

Jeremy Hansen and David St-Jacques are the first Canadians to join the astronaut corps since 1992. [You can check out their bios here.]

They become the 11th and 12th Canadians to join the Canadian Astronaut Corps.

The new astronauts will undergo brief training at the CSA headquarters this summer. In August 2009, they will begin their astronaut training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Until then, the new Canadian Space Agency astronauts will support the launch activities of their colleagues, Canadian astronauts, Robert Thirsk and Julie Payette. Bob Thirsk will take part in a long-duration mission on the International Space Station and is scheduled to launch on May 27 from Baikonur Kazakhstan. Julie Payette, will be a mission specialist on STS-127, which is scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 13.

For more info on the National Astronaut Recruitment Campaign, visit the CSA’s website.

Last astronaut standing: Canadian Space Agency introduces 16 finalists

The Incredible Sixteen at the CAS's March 16 news conference.

The Incredible Sixteen at the CAS's March 16 news conference.

March 16, 2009 was a red letter day in Canada’s space program. The Canadian Space Agency hosted a press conference to introduce the 15 men and 1 woman short-listed in the competition for the 2 next Canadian astronauts.

Astronomer Andrew Yee surrounded by some of of his new hero friends.

Astronomer Andrew Yee surrounded by some of his new hero friends.

Along with my astronomer buddy, Andrew Yee, I attended this super event. The venue was Defence R&D Canada in Toronto. Sharp at 1100 in came the 16 hopefuls. After a few brief words from CSA officials, the candidates each introduced themselves, then came an hour of 1-on-1 with these amazing citizens. Looks as if the large media contingent that showed up had a ball with their interviews.

Scrum City -- astronaut Allyson Hindle holds her own with the media.

Scrum City -- astronaut Allyson Hindle holds her own with the media.

All the nitty-gritty can be found on the CSA website but, in a nutshell, here are the Incredible Sixteen who made the cut in stages (this all began in May 2008 with the 5351 folks who originally applied for the 2 slots):

Matthew Barnsey, BEng aerospace engineer Carleton, MSc aerospace eng. U of Colorado, PhD candidate enviro. biology U of Guelph, researcher CSA.

Desmosd Brophy, BEng McGill, MSC Calgary, studying U of Colorado while an F-16 test pilot on exchange in California Christopher Denny, BA Queen’s, MD MacMaster, MSc epidermiology U of Toronto, trauma doc Sunnybrook, Toronto.

Peter Giles, Bsc physics Dalhousie, MSc & PhD physics Stanford, Olympic kayaker for Canada 1996, works at Gen. Dynamics, was an advisor on Team Canada 2008 Oylmpics Jeremy Hansen, Bsc Space Sci., RMC, MSc physics, RMC, CF-18 pilot Cold Lake, Alberta.

Allyson Hindle, Bsc & MSc zoology U of Manitoba, PhD wildlife & fisheries Texas A&MU, post-doc marine UBC.

Ryan Hunter, Bsc & PhD microbiology U of Guelph, post-doc fellow MIT.

Jameel Janjua, BEng chemistry RMC, MSc aero.astronautics MIT, CF-18 pilot at Bagotville.

Joshua Kutryk, BEng RMC, MSc aeronautics Embry-Riddle Aero. U. CF-18 pilot at Bagotville.

Mark McCullins, BEng chem, MBA Athabasca U. C-130 pilot at Trenton.

Stuart Rogerson, BSc earth obs. sci./computer sci., MASc aerospace U of Toronto. CF-18 pilot, test pilot school applicant.

David St-Jacques BEng Ecole Polytech, Montreal, PhD astrophysics Cambridge, MD Laval, doctoring in far northern Quebec, ass’t prof McGill.

Geoffrey Steeves, BSc & PhD physics U of Alberta, ass’t prof U of Victoria, comm. pilot.

Kenneth Welch, BASc physics UBC, PhD nanotech, Uppsala U, Sweden, researcher Uppsala, and fighter pilot specializing in electronic warfare training.

Keith Wilson, BA comm. RMC, BSc Waterloo, MD U of Manitoba, med student U of M, former helicopter pilot.

Bruce Woodley, BASc physics SFU, MSc & PhD electrical eng. Stanford. Consultant, comm. pilot.

It was an honour to meet this class of stellar Canadians. We in the audience left very much inspired and hopeful for the world’s future. Canada presently has only three active astronauts remaining: Chris Hadfield, Julie Payette and Bob Thirsk. Julie will fly a Shuttle mission this July, Bob is slated for an upcoming 6-month tour on the International Space Station. He will be the first Canadian to launch with the Russians — all other Canadians have been Shuttle crew.

Larry Milberry