Introduction to

Space Applications


March 2-3, 2021





Course Registration Fee

$1,500 + HST

Register before February 8th and receive a 20% discount!

Since the launch of the space age with Sputnik 1 in 1957, Canada, like all modern nations, has become increasingly dependent on space based capabilities. Today it is safe to say that virtually every aspect of Canadian life and, therefore, every government function, is directly or indirectly impacted by space capabilities. Yet few in government have even a basic appreciation of the space environment, the critical systems and capabilities operating from it, and how to leverage them.

This course addresses that gap by providing a basic understanding of the uses of space for commercial, civil and national security applications. The focus is on ensuring attendees gain an appreciation for the policy, regulatory, applications and operational aspects of the Canadian space programme.

This course, presented by experts in their fields, provides a unique opportunity public servants and individuals in the commercial sector to better understand the complexities of the space environment, mission design and applications. 



Following completion of the course, the attendees will have the knowledge and understanding to more effectively execute their duties and responsibilities.

Day 1


























Course Introduction


Exploiting Space 

Past, Present, Future


The Space Environment

Boundaries, weather, radiation, debris, terminology, and orbital mechanics




The Space Policy Environment

Cold war origins, outer space treaty, 

national regulations, and new challenges




Space Mission Design

Mission architecture, mission design, 

launch, ground station, sensors, 

big data analytics, and digital mission engineering


Spacecraft Design

Spacecraft subsystems, subsystems functionalities, space-systems engineering, 

approaches, requirement definition, and systems engineering budgets




Surveillance of Space

Space situational awareness, resident space objects, military and commercial surveillance, networks, and space domain awareness


Earth Observation

Space surveillance applications, advanced radar, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and Canada’s role in the world stage


Virtual Meet & Greet

Day 2

























Satellite Communications

Radio communications, why satellites, and new mega-constellations

Satellite-based Navigation

Historical background, guidance and navigations techniques, global navigation satellite system (GNSS), and ground stations



The Space Economy

Government and military, 

commercial “New Space”,

and the trillion dollar economy




National Security Space - DND

LCol Paul Maskell,  Senior Staff Officer - Space, Director General Space, RCAF


Civil Space - CSA

Éric Laliberté - Director General, Space Utilization

Canadian Space Agency



Capstone Discussion

Panel discussion with space experts from the Canadian government and space industry


Virtual Tour

Barry Hammond, Manager of Telesat Satellite Control Centre.


Course Ends



Our Instructor Cadre has extensive experience in the Civil, Commercial and National Security space domains. Their areas of expertise covers the entire range of space missions from operations, mission design, acquisition and international programme coordination.

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William Jefferies has 40+ years international experience in operational Remote Sensing for commercial and defence users, including radar, optical, thermal & potential field sensors. He spent 18 years managing development and operations of RADARSAT 1 & 2. He was Executive Director of LOOKNorth, a Canadian Centre of Excellence helping Canadian SMEs commercialize innovative EO technologies.

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Dr. C.A. Barry Stoute has a PhD in Space Engineering with experience in the space and energy industry. He worked in aeronautics, astronautics, nuclear engineering, and plasma engineering for over 10 years. In addition, he has publications in space propulsion, nuclear engineering, and chemical engineering.


Dr. Houman Hakima is an Engineering Scientist at SSCL, where he is conducting research on aerospace and space mission concepts, and provides modelling and simulation support to the technical team. His research interests include space-systems engineering, spacecraft dynamics and control, and space situational awareness, and has produced several publications on these topics. Houman has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto.

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Peter Boone has 15 years of experience in both Space Operations and Space Project Management, including two tours with the USAF Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain as an Orbital Analyst and Crew Commander, Manager of Space Surveillance Network and, Requirements Manager, Exploitation Manager and Project Director in support of several DND projects.

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Scott Jones brings 35 years of experience in the CAF to the SSCL team, including the creation, operational use and support of Space, Missile Defence and Intelligence capabilities with his most recent focus being on Space policy and strategic planning at National Defence Headquarters.

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Brian Watson has 37 years of experience in the CAF, public service and industry.  He is an intelligence professional and his military career included postings to NORAD/US SPACECOM.  He is a proven leader in the intelligence enterprise.  Brian has worked at SSCL for the past two years.


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Col. (Ret) Andre Dupuis retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as the Director of Space requirements., responsible for the requirements definition, space mission design and acquisition oversight of the Department of National Defence’s national security space programme

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Maria Rey has 36 years experience in space-based radar. She retired from Defence Research and Development Canada as Director General, Science and Technology responsible for formulating and delivering the National Defence Science and Technology program In Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR).