Su-Yin Tan
Su-Yin Tan

Access to space can provide practical and valuable benefits to all humankind. The Space Applications Department examines the various applications on Earth that are offered by space technologies with a primary focus on Earth-orbiting satellite systems, ground systems, and end-user equipment hardware and software. Key areas of focus include:

  • Satellite communication systems and services
  • Remote sensing and Earth observation
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Satellite navigation systems

The Department explores enabling space technologies and their scientific benefits and societal applications. Themes range from telecommunication fundamentals to remote sensing image processing/interpretation, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), GIS data management, and avionics. Workshops and demonstrations provide hands-on training with hardware and software for satellite payload development, image processing (optical, radar), global positioning systems (GPS), and data analysis. Professional visits to local facilities provide further insight into civilian and commercial space applications.

Participants will be able to:

  • Engage in a variety of workshops, demonstrations, and professional visits that explore enabling space technologies and their applications.
  • Develop proficiency in technological hardware and software for image processing, telecommunications, GIS, and GPS.
  • Design and complete a research project emphasizing the application of space technologies and present results in oral and written formats.
  • Participate in group activities in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.
Joseph Pellegrino
Joseph Pellegrino
Cory Newman
Cory Newman
Associate Chair

The Engineering Department will provide lectures and interactive workshops that provide insight into the entire life cycle of space missions.  The participants will design, build and launch model rockets. The participants will perform an analog Mars exploration mission by remotely controlling a rover at the Canadian Space Agency Mars Yard. All aspects of the mission will be performed from configuring the rovers, performing mission operations and meeting scientific mission goals.  The participants will be instructed on how to use System Tool Kit (STK). This is a system engineering tool that is used to perform mission architecture simulations. The mission manager for the latest NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission will provide a workshop on designing an interplanetary exploration mission. The participants will design a satellite servicing mission in the ESA European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) Concurrent Engineer Center.  An interactive workshop on spacesuit design and astronaut training will be provided during a field trip to ESA European Space Operations Center (ESOC) in Cologne, Germany. A tour of the ESA ESTEC satellite production and testing facility will be provided. The participants will perform an individual department project on a topic of their choosing. 


Heather.Allaway Heather Allaway1465336800
Heather Allaway

In the Human Performance in Space Department, we ask what factors of the space environment impact the performance of individuals and teams, whether the factors being influenced are biological, physiological, psychological, or medical. Departmental hands-on activities will enable participants to evaluate the unique challenges related to human spaceflight, for both short and long-duration/long-distance missions.

During the departmental activities, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice skill from sciences such as biology, physiology, medicine, and biomedical engineering.


Ruth McAvinia
Ruth McAvinia
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Niamh Shaw

Just as astronauts think differently when they break free from Earth’s surface, so we invite you to break free from everything you’ve learned in the past. When you come to the Humanities department, you have the opportunity to think differently.
We will explore the meaning and significance of humankind’s expansion into space in a supportive and creative environment past, present and future.
In the Humanities department, we ask what factors motivated people to go to space, what we brought with us from Earth to space, and how space has influenced culture and society back on the ground.
These investigations will bring us to many meeting points with the other departments, as participants have the chance to approach technical subjects with a new perspective.

During the departmental activities, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice skills from humanities subjects such as history, archaeology, art, design, philosophy, drama, and the social sciences. The activities range from guidance on communications and outreach to broader skills for creative thinking and problem solving, and will be practical as well as enjoyable.


Adil Jafry
Adil Jafry

Space industry is fast moving from its traditional government (and public sector) roots to a commercial everyday industry. This transformation is enabling space companies to build and market products and services on a laissez faire basis to businesses and consumers, spurring entirely new economic interactions that did not
previously exist, and may be worth a few trillion dollars in the coming decades.
Hence, the opportunity in commercial space is unprecedented.
Starting, managing, and growing a space initiative requires identifying unmet demand that can be fulfilled using space/space technologies. It additionally requires sourcing quality capital, rallying a competent team, mobilizing resources, and building a solution that is priced right and effectively solves the customer’s problem.

In addition to demonstrating that a company’s activities are financially viable, a firm needs to build a relationship of trust with government oversight organizations, put in place strong governance to help resolve conflicts of interest among the various stakeholders, and build enduring partnerships that can both help the company market its products/services and develop a reliable supply chain.
Foremost, the SSP’18 Management & Business department will enable participants to get comfortable with the concepts, tools and methodologies that can help them describe (in economic terms) their vision and the commercial market opportunity.

The department faculty will comprise professionals from across the global space and finance sectors, and will focus on case studies, in-class activities (including mock negotiations), and company visits to build a body of knowledge that serve as stepping stones for participants in their future work.
An important focus throughout the fifteen department activities will be to foster enduring ties among the participants and the visiting faculty members which can serve both in their future professional and career activities.


Christopher Johnson
Andrea.Harrington Andrea Harrington1454281200
Andrea Harrington
Associate Chair

The Space Policy, Economics, and Law Department concentrates on the “why” and “how” of international
space activities.

Participants joining the Policy, Economics, and Law (PEL) department will be involved in a range of discussions, debates, and interactions designed to provide an in-depth understanding of what shapes current and future space activities around the world, along with their societal impacts, justifications, benefits, and the international and national legal frameworks within which space activities are conducted. A range of international political, economic, and legal experts will work with participants on topics that include:

• What are the geopolitical context and pressures of activities in space?
• What are the political and economic drivers that persuade governments to invest in national space programs?
• How do we measure the success of national and international space programs?
• How well are nations cooperating in international space projects?
• How and why are laws regulating national space activities enacted and what are the differences?
• How effectively do space agencies deliver national benefits and how are they measured?
• Do the space treaties adequately address the current and future needs of the international space
• What are the obstacles to change in international space law?

Participants joining the department will have a diversity of professional backgrounds. All participants will take advantage of the PEL Department’s expertise and insights to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the political and legal foundations of international space activities.


Eric Dalhstrom
Eric Dahlstrom

Space sciences introduces the principles, concepts, tools, and techniques necessary to investigate and understand the space environment. Department activities provide hands-on opportunities to learn about space sciences from experts in the field. They will learn how to remotely operate a rover to conduct science missions. They will participate in the development and test of a cubesat. Other activities will concern advances space sensors for astronomy and Earth remote sensing and experiments in microgravity. Through these activities they will build an overall understanding of space sciences with support of department faculty and lecturers. Participants will prepare and present on a subject of particular interest, agreed upon with the departmental team. Entering the exciting world of space sciences does not require a degree in science or engineering; participants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.