Astrolab Advances Lunar Mobility with FLEX Rover

Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX) rover. (Credit: Venturi Astrolab)

Recently tested by retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, the adaptive, multi-use rover can autonomously swap payloads, mobilize astronauts and more, enabling the next generation of planetary exploration and discovery

HAWTHORNE, CALIF., March 10, 2022 (Venturi Astrolab PR) – Venturi Astrolab, Inc. (Astrolab), an emerging aerospace company formed by a team of industry leading planetary rover and robotics experts, announces today the development of the Flexible Logistics and Exploration (FLEX) rover built to enhance Lunar and planetary mobility. Astrolab aims to bring to market a fleet of FLEX rovers to provide the mobility required to support a sustained human presence on the Moon and Mars.


Virgin Galactic Launches Space Advisory Board Led by Chief Space Officer

George Whitesides

MOJAVE, Calif. (Virgin Galactic PR) — Virgin Galactic today announced the establishment of its Space Advisory Board.

The Virgin Galactic Space Advisory Board will provide advice to senior management as the company moves forward to open space for the benefit of all.  The Space Advisory Board, composed of leading experts from the aerospace sector, will be a resource as the company starts commercial spaceflight service and develops next generation vehicles. The Space Advisory Board will also serve as a forum to discuss technical and operational best practices, and provide awareness of opportunities in commercial, civil and government-related markets.

The Space Advisory Board members announced today are:

  • Chris Hadfield – Decorated astronaut, engineer, and test pilot who served as commander of the International Space Station. He has flown to space three times, to the International Space Station and the Russian Space Station Mir.  He has performed two spacewalks and flown over 100 types of aircraft.  He was NASA’s Chief CAPCOM, the voice of Mission Control to astronauts in orbit, for 25 Space Shuttle missions, and served as chief of International Space Station Operations at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

What Happens to the Human Body in Space

NASA astronaut Christina Koch pauses as she helps replace equipment on the International Space Station. She and her fellow astronauts face a suite of health effects while in space. (Credits: NASA)

HOUSTON (NASA PR) — For over 50 years, NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) has studied what happens to the human body in space. Researchers are using what they learn to design procedures, devices, and strategies to keep astronauts safe and healthy throughout their missions.


University of Toronto Accelerator Launches Space Startup Stream With Chris Hadfield

Chris Hadfield (Credit: CSA)

TORONTO (University of Toronto News) — The Creative Destruction Lab has helped build dozens of futuristic companies over the years – now it’s seeking entrepreneurs whose ideas are literally out of this world.

Working closely with former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, the seed-stage accelerator affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is launching a dedicated stream for space startups working on everything from interplanetary transportation to asteroid mining.

The new stream seeks to attract space-focused entrepreneurs from around the world while providing entrepreneurial minded Canadian researchers at places like the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, or UTIAS, with another way to get their innovative ideas off the ground.


Mouser Electronics Launches ISS Design Challenge

mouser_ISS_designDALLAS & FORT WORTH, Texas (Mouser Electronics PR) — Mouser Electronics Inc. today announced that celebrity engineer Grant Imahara and former commander of the International Space Station (ISS) Colonel Chris Hadfield are among the guest judges for the I.S.S. Design Challenge, the newest series in the exciting Empowering Innovation Together™ program. Mouser is accepting entries for this incredible competition now through Oct. 7, 2016.

The I.S.S. Design Challenge, co-sponsored by Mouser’s valued suppliers Amphenol and Intel®, is a call to college and university students, engineers, and makers, to create a 3D-printable project designed to help I.S.S. astronauts in space. Designs may include small electronics to be used with the object. All entries will be judged by Grant Imahara and Col. Chris Hadfield.


Canada Increases Commitment to Space Program

CSAOTTAWA, ONT. (CSA PR) — Industry Minister James Moore was joined today in Ottawa by Commander Chris Hadfield and astronauts Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques where he announced Canada’s commitment to fly two Canadian astronauts to space by 2024.

The announcement is the result of the Government of Canada’s decision to renew Canada’s participation in the International Space Station (ISS). The ISS is a joint endeavour among space agencies from Canada, the United States, Japan, Russia, and the European Union. Canada is the 3rd country to extend its participation until 2024.

Today’s announcement follows in the footsteps of Col. Chris Hadfield’s historic mission as Commander of the ISS. This commitment will ensure that both Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques, Canada’s active astronauts will fly to space. It also signals Canada’s involvement in future space missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.


Hadfield Impressed With Dragon, Sees Much Work to Do

Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)
Dragon Version 2. (Credit: SpaceX)

C/ has an interesting interview with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield about the unveiling of SpaceX Dragon V2 spacecraft on Thursday. Don’t be misled by the headline [Astronaut: Musk’s capsule no substitute for Soyuz (Q&A)]; Hadfield is actually quite complimentary. However, he does provide some really excellent insights into what it takes to get from what Elon Musk unveiled last week to a functioning spacecraft capable of carrying astronauts into space.

Hadfield: It’s really impressive what Elon Musk and SpaceX have done. They’ve only been around a dozen years, and they’ve done what most countries have been unable to do: build a rocket that can take heavy payloads to Earth orbit, build a spaceship that can navigate and dock with the Space Station, and then undock, and return to Earth.

What we saw yesterday shows the vehicle’s shape, which is really important. That constrains everything. It shows the possibility of seven people fitting inside. It shows the possibility of what an avionics display might look like. Of course, it’s missing all the critical stuff: the lights, and all of the integration and complexity that goes into making that habitable and safe for crew. And there’s all sorts of engineering questions that weren’t addressed yesterday. But you have to start somewhere, and they have a really impressive track record over the last 10 or 12 years, and they’ve put together a really capable group of people.

Musk sort of admitted something similar the other night, saying it would take about a billion dollars to get the ship ready to carry crews into space. That’s a far cry from a few years ago, when SpaceX was claiming it needed only a few hundred million dollars to make Dragon crew ready. However, that was prior the finalization of NASA’s certification process. In the meantime, Dragon have evolved from plopping down on the ocean to making a propulsion touchdown on land.

Musk said the other night that he anticipated a test flight in late 2015, followed by a crewed flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in mid-2016. If all went well, the first Dragon V2 would ferry crews to the space station on a commercial basis by the end of 2016, about a year ahead of NASA’s current schedule.

Given Musk’s past optimism and the tendency of SpaceX’s already crowded manifest to slide to the right, I would expect that schedule to slip. Aiming to fly a year earlier will provide a margin for the company to meet NASA’s schedule.

Video: Chris Hadfield, Richard Branson Talk Space

Video Caption: Ep 2 of The Fox Problem featured two inspirational space legends, SIR RICHARD BRANSON and astronaut COMMANDER CHRIS HADFIELD talking Space Tourism, Colonising other Planets, The Future of Mankind… and yes, Aliens. Do. Not. Miss!

Video: Shatner Talks With Hadfield Aboard ISS

Video Caption: Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) speaks with Canadian-born actor William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk on the “Star Trek” television series, as well as Twitter followers attending a tweetup at CSA Headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec during an in-flight event Feb. 7. Hadfield had previously exchanged tweets with Shatner after arriving on the orbital laboratory in late December. Hadfield will become the first Canadian commander of the complex in mid-March and is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-May on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

William Shatner to Talk to Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield on Thursday

Longueuil, Quebec, February 4, 2013 (CSA PR) –
Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been using social media to connect with the public. To this day, his most famous exchange is the one he had with legendary Canadian actor, author and former Captain Kirk, William Shatner.

On February 7, they will continue their discussion. This time, Astronaut Hadfield (via video) will speak to Mr. Shatner (on the phone). The conversation will take place in front of an audience of “space tweeps” gathered at the CSA for scientific presentations and demos. Tweeps will have the chance to ask questions in real-time to Hadfield. CSA Astronaut Jeremy Hansen will host this unique event.

Media representatives are invited to attend the event.

Journalists who cannot be on-site can watch the live webcast on the CSA Website and follow the hashtag #CSATweetup on Twitter.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

10:30 a.m. EST
  • Short presentation by Jeremy Hansen
  • Live conversation between Chris Hadfield and William Shatner
  • Live video connection between Chris Hadfield and space tweeps
  • Scientific presentations and demos
  • Chris Hadfield, CSA Astronaut (from space via NASA TV)
  • Jeremy Hansen, CSA Astronaut
  • William Shatner, actor (via phone)
  • 30 space tweeps who follow Chris Hadfield and the CSA
Canadian Space Agency
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CSA Launches Canadian Space Science Challenge

Chris Hadfield (Credit: CSA)

Ottawa, Ontario, September 14, 2012 (CSA PR)— Can astronauts play hockey in space? Today astronaut Jeremy Hansen along with a grade 7 classroom, conducted a science experiment using a roll of scotch tape, pencils, a writing pad and a paper clip as part of an experiment to see if hockey could be played in zero-gravity. The hockey experiment is part of a new contest by the Canadian Space Agency that will see one lucky classroom’s experiment performed by Chris Hadfield aboard the International Space Station and streamed live on the Internet to the whole world, during a unique Earth to space connection at the winners’ school.