Space isn’t even the final frontier here in the Region of Waterloo. We’re already gone above and beyond.Take for instance, Ontario Drive and Gear, out of New Hamburg, who has been working with NASA since 2008. In 2010 they won a $11.5 million contract from the Canadian Space Agency. Their most recent design, Artmis Jr., was unveiled earlier this summer and could be roving the moon in 2016 or 2017.
A leading provider of space hardware, over 80% of all commercial communication satellites have Cambridge’s COM DEV equipment on board. COM DEV International recently announced that it had been awarded over $10 million in contracts to deliver microwave compnants and assemplies. You can also check out Mission: Outer Space… A COM DEV Adventure at TheMuseum.
If you don’t have the time to cruise around the moon, check out the Gustav Bakos Observatory out of the University of Waterloo. The observatory has been in operation for nearly half a century and has been offering public tours for the last 10. If you squint, you might be able to see some of our local products flying around out there.
Besides looking up at the heavens, UW is literally playing with rocket science (I suggest you adjust your speakers):
For those who don’t even have the time to just look at the cosmos, explore some of the exploits of local companies. Electronic Arts, who has an office in Kitchener, will let you pretend you are travelling through a galaxy far, far away… Christie Digital, with a strong presence here, is involved with the high frame rate shooting of the Avatar sequels.
Beyond time and space we find the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, which is home to some of this planet’s brightest physicists and the Stephen Hawking Centre. Though my understanding of A Brief History of Time was minimal (although I have heard Doc Brown explain the Flux Capacitor to Marty dozens of times); I do believe these researchers are looking at the very edges of space and time as we know it… Taking Waterloo Region even beyond the above.