Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 19, 2015. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT however informal networking starts from 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, located at 199 Bay Street, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West in Toronto, Ontario.
March 19, 2015 Meeting Agenda
7:00 – 7:30: Informal networking.
7:30 – 7:40: CSCA update and introductions.
7:45 – 8:15: Guest Speaker: Peter Vischer, Chief Technology Officer, Argo Vehicles, Space, and Robotics, Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG). ODG’s Argo has leveraged decades of off-road terrain experience to evolve for use in planetary exploration.
In 2008, the beginning of Argo’s foray into terrestrial rover prototype design, an early roadblock to flight was recognized. The lunar wheel has been a well-known design hurdle since the 1960s. Argo’s Space Robotics Division (SRD) had it’s first prototype rolling by mid-2010. Knowing the terrestrial standard for ground-working vehicles was tracks, the SRD team also took on the design for a set of lunar tracks, with the aim of reducing pivots for a maintenance-free, high-traction, low ground pressure alternative for planetary roving, whose first prototypes were finished alongside the new wheels.
The SRD has brought further development to the design and built a second generation of lunar wheels and lunar tracks with the aide of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The latest generation wheel has been used in two lunar analogue deployments by NASA and the CSA.
Peter will discuss some of their new efforts including the new rover mechanical systems that they have developed and how we they are taking the drivetrain up to Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 6.
8:15 – 8:45: Guest Speaker, TBA.
8:45 – 9:00: Update from Farnaz Ghadaki on preparations for the International Space Development Conference to be held May 20 – 24, 2015.
9:00 – 9:15: Other business.
9:15 – 9:30: Closing networking opportunity.
9:30: End of meeting. Post meeting get together at a local pub.