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Look up and wave to David Saint-Jacques aboard the International Space Station

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If you have clear skies, you can wave at Canada’s newest astronaut as he sails across the sky aboard the International Space Station.

David Saint-Jacques arrived safely at the station on Monday with U.S. astronaut Anne McClain and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko.

This is Saint-Jacques’ first trip into space after being recruited in 2009 alongside Jeremy Hansen.

The trio joins three others: German Alexander Gerst, American Serena Aunon-Chancellor and Russian Sergey Prokopyev.

The six-member crew of NASA’s Expedition 58, from left Serena Aunon-Chancellor, David Saint-Jacques, Alexander Gerst, Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain and Sergey Prokopyev, gather for a portrait. (NASA) 

How do you know it’s the space station and not a plane? The biggest hint: if the object has blinking lights, it’s a plane. As well, the station seems to move more slowly than a plane.

The ISS is visible because light reflects off its solar panels. The location of the station and the angle the light hits the panels make the brightness vary.

It turns out the timing is just right to see our newest astronaut. Right across Canada, if the weather permits, you can see the bright light of the orbiting laboratory cross the night sky in the early evening over the next 10 days.

Times and locations

In Vancouver and Victoria, step out tonight around 5:15 p.m. PT and you can wave to Saint-Jacques as the station rises in the west, passing almost above you around 5:21 p.m. This is a particularly bright pass, and you’re unlikely to miss it.

In Calgary and Edmonton, Saint-Jacques and crew pass around 6:17 p.m. MT from west to east and directly overhead. This pass is even brighter than the Vancouver one. The station disappears just before reaching the eastern horizon.

Those in Regina and Saskatoon get a bright pass as well. The ISS will rise in the west around 5:45 p.m. CT and pass overhead around 5:48 p.m.

Saint-Jacques waits to have the pressure of his Russian Sokol suit checked in preparation for the launch on Monday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. (Aubrey Gemignani/NASA)

Winnipeggers should head out around 5:45 p.m. CT to catch a glimpse as it passes from west to east.

In Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, if the skies are clear, head out around 5:12 p.m. ET for a five-minute pass. Though this is not a super-bright pass, the ISS will be easy to spot as it crosses the Big Dipper around 5:14 p.m.

In Atlantic Canada you can see the ISS pass around 6:15 p.m. AT before disappearing at 6:18 p.m. right under the Big Dipper. A better opportunity is Thursday when it rises around 5:20 p.m. and crosses most of the sky from the northwest to the northeast.

The North isn’t left out: In Iqaluit the ISS will pass low on the horizon from southwest to southeast, going directly under Mars before disappearing.

And in Whitehorse, you can see the ISS on Wednesday from 5:14 p.m. PT. The station will pass low on the horizon, passing directly under Mars around 5:20 p.m.

And finally, in Yellowknife the six astronauts cross the sky Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. MT in almost the exact location as in Whitehorse.

The station will be visible in the night sky for about 10 days, depending on your location. A few days before Christmas it switches to the morning sky.

For details of other days to catch the station, you can visit Heavens Above and enter you location. You can click on a date that will provide you with a map along with the times. And, of course, there’s always NASA’s Spot the Station.

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The ‘Maple Majestic’ wants to be Canada’s homegrown Tesla

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Look out Tesla, Canada has a homegrown electric sedan on the way. Well, that’s if AK International Motor Corporation can drum up enough investment to make its EV a reality. Dubbed the “Maple Majestic,” the vehicle is a battery-electric designed to “excel in extreme climate performance without adversely affecting the climate, as befits a vehicle from Canada,” according to its website.

What’s in a name? — The company says the maple leaf is a “symbol of Canada’s warmth and friendliness towards all cultures,” while “majestic” refers to the country’s “status as a Constitutional Monarchy.”

That patriotism carries over into Maple Majestic’s parent company’s lofty goals. AK Motor founder Arkadiusz Kaminski says he wants the company, which he founded in 2012, to become “Canada’s first multi-brand automotive OEM,” and that the “Maple Majestic is intended to be Canada’s flagship brand of automobiles on the world stage.”

Partnerships are key — “We acknowledge that the best chance for the Maple Majestic brand to succeed, lies in continuing to build the relationship with Canada’s parts suppliers and technological innovators, whether they be academic institutions, corporations, or individual inventors,” the company explains. “We are currently seeking partners in automotive engineering, parts manufacturing, automotive assembly, electric propulsion technology, battery technology, autonomous technology, and hybrid power generation technology.”

In other words, don’t expect to be able to buy a Maple Majestic any time soon… and don’t expect to pour over 0-60 mph times, power output, range, or other key stats, because those don’t currently exist. For now, all we have are pictures and a short video clip. But at least those are arresting.

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PE-backed Quorum Software to merge with Canadian energy tech firm

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Houston-based energy technology company Quorum Software will merge with a Canadian tech firm to bolster its presence in oil and gas services.

Quorum announced Feb. 15 it plans to merge with Calgary, Alberta-based Aucerna, a global provider of planning, execution and reserves software for the energy sector. The combined firm will operate under the Quorum Software brand.

Gene Austin, CEO of Quorum Software, will continue in his capacity as chief executive of the combined firm. Austin, former CEO of Austin-based marketing tech firm Bazaarvoice Inc., became CEO of Quorum in December 2018.

Aucerna co-founder and CEO Wayne Sim will be appointed to the Quorum Software board of directors. Both companies are backed by San Francisco- and Chicago-based private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

“Over the last 20 years, Quorum has become the leading innovator of software deployed by North American energy companies,” said Austin. “Today, Quorum is expanding the scope of our technology and expertise to all energy-producing regions of the globe. Customers everywhere will have access to a cloud technology ecosystem that connects decision-ready data from operations to the boardroom.”

In addition to the merger announcement, Quorum Software announced it had entered into an agreement with Finnish IT firm TietoEvry to purchase TietoEvry’s entire oil and gas business. The agreement, which includes hydrocarbon management, personnel and material logistics software and related services, is valued at 155 million euros, or $188 million, according to a statement from TietoEvry.

“Our three organizations complement each other — from the software that our great people design to the energy markets where we operate,” said Sim. “Our new company will be able to deliver value to our stakeholders, while accelerating the growth of our combined business and the energy industry’s software transformation.”

The combined company will serve over 1,800 energy companies in 55 countries, according to the announcement. With its headquarters in Houston, Quorum will continue to have a significant presence in Calgary and in Norway, the headquarters for TietoEvry’s oil and gas software business. Quorum will have other offices throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

As of Sept. 30, 2020, private equity firm Thoma Bravo had more than $73 billion in assets under management. In late December 2020, Thoma Bravo agreed to acquire Richardson, Texas-based tech firm RealPage in a roughly $10 billion acquisition.

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Piece of Kitchener technology lands on Mars on Perseverance rover

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KITCHENER — A piece of Kitchener technology has landed on Mars, thanks to NASA’s Perseverance rover.

The rover settled on the planet’s surface on Thursday afternoon. It’s been travelling through space since it was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla. in July.

“The whole idea of being on a device that we’re sending to another plant with the express mission of looking for traces of past life, it’s pretty mind boggling actually,” said Rafal Pawluczyk, chief technical officer for FiberTech Optica.

The Kitchener-based company made fibre optic cables for the rover’s SuperCam that will examine samples with a camera, laser and spectrometers.

“The cables that we built take the light from that multiplexer and deliver it to each spectrograph,” Pawluczyk said.

The cables connect a device on the rover to the SuperCam, which will be used to examine rock and soil samples, to spectrometers. They’ll relay information from one device to another.

The project started four years ago with a connection to Los Alamos National Lab, where the instruments connected to the cables were developed.

“We could actually demonstrate we can design something that will meet their really hard engineering requirements,” Pawluczyk said.

The Jezero Crater is where the Perseverance rover, with FiberTech Optica’s technology onboard, landed Thursday. Scientists believe it was once flooded with water and is the best bet for finding any evidence of life. FiberTech’s cables will help that in that search.

Ioannis Haranas, an astrophysicist and professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, said the rover isn’t looking for “green men.”

“They’re looking for microbial, single-cell life, any type of fossils and stuff like that,” Haranas said. “That’s why they chose a special landing site. This could be very fertile land for that.”

“It’s very ambitious,” said Ralf Gellert, a physics professor at the University of Guelph.

Gellert helped with previous rover missions and said it’s the first time a Mars rover has landed without a piece of Guelph technology on it. While he’s not part of Perseverance’s mission, he said the possibilities are exciting.

“Every new landing site is a new piece of the puzzle that you can put together with the new results that we have from the other landing sites,” he said.

“It’s scientifically very interesting because, even though we don’t have an instrument on that rover, we can compare what the new rover Perseverance finds at this new landing site,” he said.

Now that Perseverance has landed on Mars, FiberTech is looking ahead to its next possible mission into space.

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