Biography - Robert Zee

Robert ZeeDr. Robert E. Zee

Space Flight Laboratory
University of Toronto
Institute for Aerospace Studies

In 1997, Dr. Zee established the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), a unique lab in Canada that he continues to lead. SFL’s mandate is to provide superior value in space missions at home and internationally. SFL’s initial space project was a major contribution to Canada’s highly successful first microsatellite dubbed “MOST” (Microvariability and Oscillations of STars). Several significant astronomical discoveries have been announced over the last six years, with more on their way. SFL continues to act as the main mission control center for ongoing MOST operations. In 2001, Dr. Zee established the Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment Canex program to develop sub-10-kilogram satellites, or “nanosatellites,” for aggressive space research and training. CanX-1 was launched together with MOST in 2003. The CanX program has created a “Generic Nanosatellite Bus” (GNB) that is currently being used to support international missions requiring high-performance attitude control, including the BRITE Constellation space astronomy mission, the Automatic Identification System Satellite 1 (AISSat-1) to monitor maritime traffic, and the CanX-4&5 dualsatellite formation-flying mission. SFL continues to develop GNB satellite missions and XPOD separation systems, and to arrange launches through its Nanosatellite Launch Service for organizations across the world. SFL’s programs are recognized

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Symposium Speakers

George Dietrich, President, SPACE Canada
John Mankins, CO-Chair, IAA Study Group
Nobuyuki Kaya, CO-Chair, IAA Study Group

International Policy Forum
Bob McDonald, Master of Ceremonies
Hon. John Milloy,
Marc Garneau

Dan Fortin, Key Note Speaker

PANEL: Space-Based Solutions to Earth-Bound Problems
Richard Peltier
Bryan Erb
Wael Almazeedi

PANEL: From Space Research to Commercialization
Ted Hewitt
Kieran Carroll
Robert Zee

PRESENTATION: Entrepreneurs in Space
Bob Richards

PANEL: Space Policy
John Siebert
Ram Jakhu

MEDIA PANEL: Political Will and
Public Perception

Peter Calamai
Stephen Strauss
Iain Carson
Alanna Mitchell