Space Resources Canada

Space Resources Canada

January 21, 2010 07:00 ET

SRCan Invites Media to Visit Space Technology Field Tests in Hawaii on February 4th

HILO, HAWAII--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2010) - Space Resources Canada invites media to observe field tests of equipment and rovers that demonstrate possible missions on extraterrestrial surfaces, ranging from autonomous landing pad construction to recovery of oxygen and water resources. The test demonstrations will take place Thursday, Feb. 4, starting at 9 a.m. HST outside Hilo, Hawaii.

The field tests are the result of extensive international collaboration, with teams headed by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Space Resources Canada (SRCan). Scientists and engineers from Canada, the United States and Germany have been working together for months to integrate their technologies and expertise. The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) is hosting the collaborative mission.

The tests will further develop technologies and capabilities that support In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), the recovery and use of resources in space. Activities include resource prospecting, site preparation, excavation, mining, processing and product utilization. Space Resources Canada is contributing Canadian expertise in mining technology, electric vehicle controls, mobility platforms, multi-agent teaming, communications, vision systems and embedded processing and control. The test site on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea, whose volcanic terrain offers rigourous testing conditions, will be restored to its original condition by the conclusion of the tests.

Reporters will be able to observe and photograph test activities. Scientists and engineers will be available for interviews. For information and to R.S.V.P., contact Mike Paduada at 416-315-5536 or 202-642-3448 by Friday, Jan. 22. Reporters with reservations will be escorted to the restricted-access test site. A letter of assignment on company letterhead is required for credentials.

About Space Resources Canada

Space Resources Canada (SRCan) is a collection of Canadian organizations working together to develop key technologies and capabilities that will be needed for future international space exploration missions. SRCan includes the Sudbury-based Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT), Val Caron-based Electric Vehicle Controllers Ltd. (EVC), New Hamburg-based Ontario Drive and Gear Ltd., Montreal-based Xiphos Technologies Inc., Ottawa-based Neptec Design Group, Edmonton-based Virgin Technologies Inc. and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.

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