Funding awarded to train and develop highly qualified personnel for space science and technology
May, 21, 2014 - Calgary, Alberta - Canadian Space Agency
Today, Rob Anders, Member of Parliament for Calgary West, announced support for the University of Calgary of $250,000 over three years for a space science and technology project.
The three-year grant will offer opportunities for graduate students to acquire hands-on experience in designing, building, testing and flying scientific instruments and technologies on high-altitude balloons and analyzing the resulting data.
During space weather events, high-energy particles from Earth's Van Allen radiation belts can rain down into the upper atmosphere over Canada. To better understand how these particles can be monitored from the ground, the instrument will be launched on stratospheric balloons.
The project will help students investigate innovative space technologies and give them the training to keep Canada at the forefront of space research.
This investment is aligned with the "Inspiring Canadians" principle of working with industry, universities and colleges to recruit, support and retain highly qualified personnel, which was outlined in Canada's Space Policy Framework, released in February 2014.
Today's news release is the result of an Announcement of Opportunity published on the Canadian Space Agency's (CSA) website on November 8, 2013. Total funding for all recipient projects at universities across Canada, including the University of Calgary, is $2 million.
Canadian Space Agency
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