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Ryerson getting $128,000 for spacecraft research centre

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By Justin Chandler

Federal finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal government is awarding Ryerson $128,000 for research into guidance, navigation, and control systems for spacecraft. He made the announcement at Ryerson, Friday morning.

The university will be creating a centre to research and test spacecraft technology. Associate professor Anton de Ruiter was awarded the funding  through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The CFI gives researchers federal money.

De Ruiter said his long-term goal is to work on systems for getting to Mars, but for now, he’s just shooting for the Moon. He said he wants to work on a space station that would orbit the Moon for exploration there as well as to serve as a launching point for getting to asteroids and the Red Planet.

Video by Caterina Amaral,  Justin Chandler. Editing help by Carl Solis.

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