Visit to the Canadian Space Agency

I visited the Canadian Space Agency in St Hubert Canada on Tuesday, August 27 to give a talk on our Asteroid Prospector Spacecraft. The talk was fun and we had a great discussion on the challenges of near asteroid operations and building small interplanetary spacecraft.

After the talk Dr. Alfred Ng gave us a tour of the facility. Here I am with my wife and son standing in front of Dextre and Canadarm.

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You can see Dextre to the left. The Canadarm is the to the right. Both are in operation on the ISS. Dextre is used for many of the tasks formerly done by astronauts during EVAs.

Here I am with our host Dr. Alfred Ng:

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We saw the MOST satellite, a small astronomy satellite. It has a mass of only 60 kg. It can stare at a star for up to 7 days!

MOST is an excellent example of how a small satellite can do big science! We were very impressed with all of the amazing engineering and science being done at the Canadian Space Agency and hope to continue collaborating with them in the future!

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About Michael Paluszek

Michael Paluszek is President of Princeton Satellite Systems. He graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering in 1976 and followed that with an Engineer’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1979. He worked at MIT for a year as a research engineer then worked at Draper Laboratory for 6 years on GN&C for human space missions. He worked at GE Astro Space from 1986 to 1992 on a variety of satellite projects including GPS IIR, Inmarsat 3 and Mars Observer. In 1992 he founded Princeton Satellite Systems.

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