CaNoRock 9

January 13-17, 2014

The Canada-Norway Student Sounding Rocket (CaNoRock) exchange program is a partnership between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Saskatchewan, the University of Oslo and the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway.CaNoRock5

Undergraduate students spend a week on site at the Andoya Rocket Range, gaining hands-on experience in sounding rocket and payload  instrument design.  You can earn course credit for completing the programme.

For more information please attend our information session in CCIS L1-029 on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013  from 12:00 to 13:00.
FREE PIZZA provided!

Places are limited and undergraduates must apply through ISSET to be considered for the program.

To apply please send your resume, an up-to-date, unofficial transcript from beartracks, and a one (1) page essay on why you should be considered for the CaNoRock program to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Applications due by 23:59pm on Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Applications will be evaluated based on:

Selection Criteria:

  • GPA
  • Career ambitions in space
  • Related projects & experience
  • Demonstrated Leadership and Teamwork
  • Presentation, ability to represent the university, compliance with application requirements
  • Short-listed candidates may be interviewed before final selection

This program is undertaken with the financial support of the Canadian Space Agency and the U of A Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.

ISSET and Bank of Canada Polymer Bill Launch

The Bank of Canada released the new $5 and $10 polymer bills on Thursday, November 7th and they chose the University of Alberta as the site of the Western Canadian regional launch of these new bills . 
ISSET was chosen by the Bank of Canada to participate in the unveiling of  the new five dollar bill, which has the CanadArm and Dexter on the reverse side of the bill.  Here are links to the CTV Edmonton News segment and the Edmonton Journal photos of the event:

Here is the link to the UAlberta News article for November 2013, by Jamie Hanlon entitled, "Taking UAlberta innovation to the bank".

The ISSET Students group and ABSat group, worked very hard to build a 1:1 scale model of the Ex-Alta1 CubeSatellite as the display for the $5 bill.  The Ex-Alta1 satellite project is the first satellite for the University of Alberta and for the province of Alberta.  Crowdsourcing to raise money for the Ex-Alta1 launch will start at the end of November 2013- watch for more updates very soon!

Aurora Watch: One of 2013 ASTech Foundation Honourees

20130714_Leung_02Aurora Borealis- Cold Lake, AB Photo by Adrian LeungISSET's won the ASTech prize for Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness!! "This award recognizes a recipient whose project, activity or organization increases public awareness of the benefits of science and technology, or enhances the understanding of science and technology in Alberta. Nominees are judged by a special panel, selected from print and broadcast journalists and from the science and technology public relations community."

Congratulations to Dr. Andy Kale, Dr. Ian Mann, Dr. David Milling and Kyle Murphy on winning this prestigious award recognizing their hard work!

Here is a link to the ASTech article and website.

Here is a link to the UofA website celebrating this award for AuroraWatch and other UofA science and tech leaders:

Welcome to ISSET

The Institute for Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) is a University of Alberta institute that embraces a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines related to the exploration of space. ISSET builds on long-standing institutional excellence in space research in order to take advantage of emerging, cross-disciplinary opportunities and to develop partnerships with other institutions, agencies and industry.

In addition, ISSET offers unique educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and develops provincial capabilities in space research through educational outreach programs, visiting professor positions, workshops and scientific meetings.

ISSET has four core themes based on existing and emerging strengths at the University of Alberta within six Departments across two Faculties.

  • Microgravity science and planetary environment.
  • Space technology for instrumentation and robotics.
  • Planetary materials science.
  • Space physics and space environment.