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May 2019 Monthly Meeting

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The monthly gathering of the Winnipeg RASC. This meeting is free to attend and open to anyone!

Meeting Agenda

  • Beginner’s Session – Introduction to Astrophotography (Part 2)
  • What’s Up? – An overview of what you can see in the current night sky
  • What’s New? – News stories from the science of astronomy
  • Refreshment break
  • Featured Presentation – Canada’s History in Space

Featured Presentation – Canada’s History in Space

While many Canadians are proud of our astronauts and the venerable Canadarm in space, most are not aware of just how influential Canada’s history in space has been.  In this talk, we start from the very beginning of the space age (in the late 1950s) and touch on some of the less well-known chapters in the Canadian space program, leading towards Canada’s likely future exploring and working in space.  From space polkadots, to detecting snow on Mars and everything in between, attendees will leave this talk with a much deeper understanding and appreciation for the skills and innovation we Canadians have offered, and continue to offer, in space.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Philip Ferguson received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science (Aerospace option).  He holds a Masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering.  Following graduate school, he developed attitude control systems for small space telescopes at Microsat Systems Canada Inc., eventually becoming the Engineering Manager for all attitude control systems products.  Dr. Ferguson then took a position at Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, where he grew into the position of Engineering Manager for the electrical and software engineering teams in support of Magellan’s Space and Defense contracts.   From 2014 until 2017, Dr. Ferguson was the Vice President of Product Development at PrecisionHawk Inc., where was responsible for all aircraft and payload systems engineering as well as production. Presently, Dr. Ferguson holds the NSERC / Magellan Aerospace Industrial Research Chair in Satellite Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba.  Dr. Ferguson’s research focuses on new spacecraft manufacturing and control technologies that can improve satellite reliability while simultaneously reducing the cost and design cycle times, thereby improving the accessibility of space.  Dr. Ferguson lives on a small hobby farm in Vivian, Manitoba with his wife and two daughters.


May 10
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre
92 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M7 Canada



Regular Events

Every second Friday of the month, we host our monthly meetings. They are free and open for all to attend, and are located in the Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre at St. John’s College in the U of M.

Meetings start at 7pm with our Beginner’s talk, which are designed for novice astronomers who are just beginning in the hobby. Then, we have updates on the latest astronomical news, and also discuss what is up to observe in the night sky that month. The main talk typically runs from 9pm to 10pm, where we have a variety of guest speakers who share their knowledge and expertise of astronomy.

Near the end of each summer, the Winnipeg RASC holds its annual Spruce Woods Star Party, held at Spruce Woods Provincial Park near Carberry, Manitoba. All current RASC members are welcome to join for a weekend of astronomy workshops and long nights of observing.