The Institute for Earth and Space Exploration leads and participates in various projects in collaboration with other departments, faculties and industry partners. Here you will find information on our current projects:
The Western Space led High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Mission is a multidisciplinary project that aims to engage Western students from various departments including Biology, Computer Sciences, Earth Sciences, Education, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Geography, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Microbiology & Immunology, and Physics & Astronomy. For details on the mission and the team, please visit the HAB Mission page
To prepare and train HQP for actual space missions, a first step is to carry out simulated or so-called “analogue missions” here on Earth. Analogue missions also enable the testing of engineering hardware and software, mission operations protocol, and are an excellent way to engage the youth and public in STEM fields. Applications for successful living in space will require the design and testing of technologies related to communications, physiological monitoring and diagnostics, data management, roboticized garments, and emergency medicine. Western Space has a long history of carrying out analogue missions and the Institute plans to make annual analogue missions a formal part of its research and training programs. Please visit the CanMoon page.