Weekly Meeting - Canada Day Breakfast, Jack Rigley - Satellite Communications

Don Keyes introduced us to three very interesting men who are pioneers in the world of the Canadian Space Program.

Dr. Nelms spoke on the security in the space program and the many oddball characters that he had the pleasure of meeting.

Dr. Blevis spoke on the Alouette 1 and the experiments using Hermes for groundbreaking demonstrations, in the medical and education fields.

Our keynote speaker, Jack Rigley, mentioned what an honor it was for him to be in the presence of the 'true pioneers', who were there at the start of the space program, in the 60's and 70's. He explained how the satellites are like 'space telescopes' watching our universe and observing earth for oil slicks, conditions of floods, biomass of forests and wheat. Canada is also excelling at satellite infrastructures that are 36,000 kms high in the sky, providing communications to ships, planes, trains, and surpassing cable modems and ADSL. Instant communication is now accessbile to over 1.4 million subscribers and growing rapidly.

Chair Derek Finley, Jack Rigley, Don Keyes, Dr. Blevis, Dr. Nelms, Ron Wing

Thought for the week: Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.

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