York prof hopes crowd-funded Mars rover takes off – 4 November 2014
Space engineers from Canadian universities are trying to send a Canadian robotic mission to Mars, entirely with private funding.Full Story
Resurrecting Canada's Long-Lost 46-Meter Telescope In the Middle of the Woods – 1 October 2014
The Renaissance of the Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO), Canada's largest radio antenna, is featured in this article by Matthew Braga. Full Story
Researchers give Algonquin observatory a second life – 11 August 2013
Globe and Mail
Ground-breaking research at the Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO) is featured in this article by Ivan Semeniuk. Full Story
Algonquin Radio Observatory Featured Today on Discovery Channel's Daily Planet – 18 October 2012
Dr. Brendan Quine, CTO of Thoth Technology and Director of Space Engineering at York University, is a featured guest today on Discovery Channel's popular show "Daily Planet." Quine, along with Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) Professor Ue-Li Pen, will be discussing the successful demonstration of modern Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) capability at the Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO). Full Story
Award-winning Argus sensors to fly in space – 15 July 2010
Canadian company Thoth Technology Inc. has commenced commercial production of Argus, a miniaturized instrument that monitors carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from space. Thoth President and CEO, Caroline Roberts, confirms the company has a strong orderbook and that sensors have been delivered to clients for launch later this year. "Argus is proving a popular payload. The tiny 240 g instrument can be deployed on nanosatellites or in arrays on bigger spacecraft." The instrument records infrared signals at 1.5 km resolution. "Argus allows us to observe industrial scale emissions globally," said Brendan Quine, professor at York University. "In the new economy, polluters are taxed, so we need to fly networks of Argus instruments to quantify pollution and build detailed pollution maps," Quine said.
Canada on Mars? – 27 July 2009
A Canadian team aiming at the red planet is a big step closer with its successful repair of Canada's largest radio telescope. Led by Toronto-based Thoth Technology and York University, a team of more than 50 scientists from 12 Canadian universities is working on Northern Light, a Canadian mission to place a robotic lander on Mars. Full Story
A Canadian Solution to Pollution? Argus opens its eye. – 11 December 2008
Researchers at Thoth Technology have received the first spectral data from Argus, their new spaceborne micro spectrometer. "We are very excited to be receiving the first spectra from our spaceborne pollution-monitoring instrument," said instrument principal investigator Dr. Brendan Quine. Launched into space in April on the CanX-2 spacecraft, Argus is now returning data on infrared radiation emitted to space. Full Story
Toronto Star – 23 September 2007
Murray Whyte, ‘Mars: The Next Frontier?’ Full Story
How much for that logo on Mars? - 23 September 2007
Space exploration is not the province of spendthrifts. Which is why the vast majority of space flight has been by the good graces of various national space programs – Russia (and the former USSR), Japan, the U.K. and, of course, the U.S.
But as manned flight to Mars looms as the next frontier of space exploration, a quagmire of political and economic problems could have it mired in place. The lagging U.S. economy, and the economic (and moral) deflation caused by the war in Iraq puts the traditional space leader in a difficult position. Full Story
Calgary team joins Mars mission – 22 August 2007
The Calgary Herald
If life really exists on Mars, an imager designed by a University of Calgary team will help find it when a network of Canadian universities launches an all-Canadian mission to the Red Planet in 2009.
Northern Light plans to use the same launch method that satellites use: a commercial rocket, likely a reliable type called Rockot, made from converted Soviet ballistic missiles. But the spacecraft that flies on to Mars, and likely the mission control for the period after it lands on Mars, would be all-Canadian, with headquarters at York University in Toronto. Full Story
Canadian thinking that's out of this world
Globe & Mail – 8 December 2006
While Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean took a stunning spacewalk last month for a complex construction job at the International Space Station, most of Canada's innovative space work is done much closer to home -- in university labs and research centres.
"We are involved in a lot of different activities relating to space exploration," said Dr. Edward Cloutis, director of the Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Winnipeg. "Most of the stuff going on these days relates to Mars." Full Story