Canadian Space Summit 2015

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580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Nov 18, 2015
Free public event with space art and history exhibit
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

Nov 19-20, 2015
Space industry conference
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

VANCOUVER – Did you know a Canadian was the first person to propose using rockets for space travel? Historian Robert Godwin, one of the key speakers at next month’s Canadian Space Summit in Vancouver, recently announced his finding after researching the writing of former Queen’s University principal William Leitch. Godwin’s talk will span 100 years of Canadian aerospace history and detail his efforts to confirm that Leitch accurately proposed using rockets in 1861— decades before Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Robert Goddard did so in the early 20th century.

A showcase of Canada’s space industry, the Canadian Space Summit runs over three days, Nov. 18-20, and offers insights into the latest innovations and opportunities in space science, research and technology. Events are planned for the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vanier Park, and the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at 580 West Hastings St.

The summit, held annually across Canada, brings together enthusiasts and professionals from government, universities, industry and the military. These gatherings are the best way for the public to learn about the latest trends, technologies and political issues facing the space industry. The summits are also the ideal place for space professionals to network and share business ideas with their peers.

“It’s easy to understand why so many of us have a fascination with space and the limitless potential we feel when looking up at the night sky,” said Dr. Alma Barranco-Mendoza, chair of the 2015 Canadian Space Summit. “This November’s gathering in Vancouver touches upon every facet of the space industry affecting Canadians.”

The summit features two days of technical presentations on everything from the latest developments in law and policy to leading-edge research on planetary rover technology and Earth observation.

Members of the public are also welcome to attend a free event, on Nov. 18 at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, featuring a planetarium show and live component.

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