MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, June 30 /CNW/ -- Microsat Systems Canada Inc.
(MSCI), (formerly the Space Division of Dynacon Inc.), Canada's designer and
builder of the Multi Mission Microsatellite Bus technology (MMMB), and
innovator of Reaction Wheel attitude control system products, is delighted to
announce the sixth birthday of the MOST Microsatellite -- Canada's First Space
The MOST (Microvariability & Oscillations of Stars) microsatellite was
launched June 30, 2003 from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome with a 12-month mission to
study the vibration of distant stars and draw inferences about their hidden
composition -- a technique called asteroseismology.
Although just six years old and entering Grade One in human terms, MOST,
nicknamed the "Humble Space Telescope" by its creators, has actually been the
source of numerous post doctorate level studies from scientists around the
world for years as it continues to deliver startling results to the astronomic
community concerning the makeup and origins of the universe.
From its modest original goal of studying distant stars, Dr Jaymie
Matthews, MOST Mission Scientist, and his global team of scientists have
extended the capabilities of MOST to explore exoplanets -- alien worlds around
other stars -- to try to shed light on the timeless question -- are we alone
in the universe? MOST is gathering evidence on the existence of earth-like
planets around these stars, a feat not possible from even the largest
Although well into middle age for a microsatellite, MOST continues to
exceed performance specifications. The MSCI MOST operations team constantly
monitors the health of the spacecraft. Operational adjustments are made from
the MSCI facilities in Mississauga Canada to counter the inevitable
degradation from the harsh environment of space. Dr. James Wells, head of
MSCI Systems Engineering and lead engineer on MOST, observes that "along with
the scientific data, we are extracting a wealth of operations data enabling us
to track every facet of spacecraft performance -- key information that we are
using to improve the design of NEOSSat, our current microsatellite program."
"As well as its immense contribution to the world body of astronomic
knowledge, MOST is an unbelievable engineering resource to the NEOSSat team,"
says David R Cooper, President & CEO, MSCI. "I know of no other team that has
an operational spacecraft to leverage its design expertise. Where others have
to rely on simulations and models, we have a live test-bed. This enables us
to tailor our designs and product assurance approach, especially in the area
of radiation tolerance, to real, not hypothetical conditions. This brings
tremendous value to our customers as it reduces our development time and
MSCI is Canada's leader in the design, development and delivery of
cost-effective Microsatellites, and the developer of Canada's Multi Mission
Microsatellite Bus technology (MMMB), capable of hosting a wide variety of
remote sensing, communications, scientific and military payloads. MSCI also
has proven capabilities in systems engineering analysis, the development of
sophisticated, cost-effective attitude control systems solutions and their
implementation into flight hardware and software.
Formerly the Space Division of Dynacon Inc., MSCI has been the premiere
builder of microsatellites in Canada for over a decade. MSCI provides
military and civil space agencies, as well as commercial markets, with space
technology that enables space exploration and surveillance of Earth from space
and other services for commercial applications. Additional information about
MSCI can be found at www.mscinc.ca.
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