ASX Annual General Meeting

On April 2 at 6 pm, ASX will hold its Annual General Meeting in the Bahen Center, room 2175 (40 St George St). The 2014-15 executive team will be elected, we will watch a documentary about space, and pizza will be served. If you are a student, alumnus, staff, or faculty member of the University of Toronto and you are on this mailing list, you are eligible to vote and to run for an executive position. The executive positions and voting procedures are explained below. If you wish to run for an executive position, message before 11:59 pm on April 1 and state your three top choices for executive position in ranked order. If our secretary does not respond within 24 hours, email again to ensure that he has received your message.

Voting Methods
Voting will follow the procedure outlined in the ASX Constitution, section 6.2. Please read this section and come prepared with a different 3 minute speech for each position you wish to run for. After each candidate has spoken for a given executive slot, each present voting member will write down their preferred candidate on a secret ballot. The candidate with the most votes wins. In the event that a candidate wins multiple elections, that candidate will be elected to the office they ranked highest when they declared the intention to run, and the second-most popular candidate in the other elections they won will be elected to that office. For example, if person A declares an intention to run for President first and for Vice-President second, and A wins both elections while person B comes in second in the Vice-Presidential election, then A becomes the new President while B becomes the new Vice-President. The main benefit of this method is that you do not lose your opportunity to be an executive simply by losing one election.

Role Descriptions
Each current executive wrote a description of their role to be circulated to the entire club, and those descriptions are enclosed below. To supplement these descriptions please see section 6.1 of the ASX Constitution. The descriptions for President, Vice-President, and Finance Director are omitted because, as per section 6.2.f), you may only run for those positions if you have held another ASX executive position for at least 6 months.

Outreach Director cultivates and maintains relationships with exterior astronomy and space organizations and affiliations. Ensures that communication between ASX and our affiliates is strong when necessary. Also engages members and directly oversees all projects that fall under “outreach”.

Projects Director is responsible for overseeing all projects assigned by the executive and reporting on them at meetings.

Secretary writes all emails sent to the ASX mailing list, including newsletters, responds to all emails sent to the account, takes the minutes of all meetings, and serves as ASX’s secondary contact person.

Symposium Director organizes the annual symposium. The Symposium Director’s tasks include choosing a topic, finding potential speakers, contacting speakers, contacting sponsors, booking a room, and managing tickets.

Observing Director organizes ​telescope observing sessions after ASX talks. We do this to ensure that those attending get to see the cosmos for themselves after the lecture, with the help of a telescope that is otherwise not readily available to everyone.

Marketing Director handles all things visual, from handouts to posters, and is responsible for all graphics used by and associated with the society.

Symposium Coordinator works with the Symposium Director to oversee and manage all activities and tasks related to the Annual Symposium

Events Coordinator takes care of special ASX events throughout the year not associated with the annual symposium. This year, the coordinator was responsible for organizing a new series of lectures called Star Talks.

Webmaster manages social media content on the website and Facebook page, and posts information regarding space and space exploration events happening at U of T.

If you have any questions about this year’s ASX AGM, please email and our secretary will respond as quickly as possible.


The 2014 (7th Annual) National Canadian Space Commerce Association Conference “New Manufacturing for NewSpace”

From the Canadian Space Commerce Association:

Date & Time: Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM, with a Networking & Social Event at 7:00 PM

Location: Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto, Canada

Confirmed Speakers:
Lou van Amelsvoort – President, Space 1 Systems Inc
Alex Babut – CEO, Enceladus
Mark Barfoot – Managing Director, Hyphen Services
Alex Barlow – Business Development Manager, Mentor Works Inc.
Drew Cox – Inventor and developer
Stewart Davis – Chief of Operations, CRP Group USA
Robert Godwin – Owner and founder of Apogee Space Books and the Space Curator at theCanadian Air & Space Museum
Estelle Havva – Aerospace Sector Team Lead and Industrial Technology Adviser, National Research Council, Industrial Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)
Andy Pratico – Business Development Manager, Synergy Resources
Yaroslav “Yarko” Pustovyi – Backup Payload Specialist for STS-87
Nicole Verkindt – CEO, OMX Marketplace
Mihaela Vlasea – Researcher, University of Waterloo, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Additive Manufacturing Laboratory
Peter Visscher – Space and robotics manager, Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG)

Space manufacturing, the production of manufactured goods in an environment outside a planetary atmosphere, has always been understood to have potential advantages over Earth-based industry because of its unique micro-gravity and vacuum environments, which allow for industrial processes that cannot be readily reproduced on Earth. But now, new techniques developed using computer-aided design methodologies, solid free form fabrication (including 3D printing), selective laser sintering and other fast developing technologies promise not just to revolutionize Earth based manufacturing, but space exploration as well.
What can space companies learn from domestic manufacturers today? What are the timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities for profit in this area and what can the manufacturing industry learn from space entrepreneurs?
Find out on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA) National Conference, focused on the business and political issues surrounding “New Manufacturing for NewSpace.”

More Info:
For fees and registration, please visit:
Early Bird Registration ends March 7, 2014

Call for speakers – Start-Up Liftoff
CSCA is looking for two speakers on the topic of their start-up commercial space venture modeled on the format of the O’Reilly’s Ignite Talks under the motto “Enlighten Us, But Make It Quick!”. Anyone who is interested should submit an abstract with contact information and a 5-minute presentation for consideration, to:

Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
If your organization is interested in being a CSCA conference exhibitor or sponsor (refer to CSCA’s Sponsorship Package, for details), please email