Carleton student’s company to improve roving in space

January 27, 2016

By Anne Kershaw

Carleton graduate student Ewan Reid. Photo by: Justin Tang.

A Carleton University start-up supported by OCE’s Campus Linked Accelerators Program has won a half-million-dollar contract from the Canadian Space Agency.

The graduate student-led Mission Control Space Services Inc., which focuses on space exploration and robotics, has been commissioned to develop an Autonomous Soil Assessment System (ASAS) for planetary rovers.

The technology will advance the ability of space rovers to avoid terrain conditions that might impede mobility.   

Ewan Reid, a Technology Innovation Management student at Carleton, told the Ottawa Business Journal that his objective is to see the technology on a rover on Mars or on the moon within the next five or 10 years.

“This is a very impressive development for a young company and one more example of the amazing ingenuity and drive being shown by student entrepreneurs,” says Dr. Tom Corr, President and CEO of Ontario Centres of Excellence. “I have no doubt that this company has a bright future.”

The start-up has received support from Carleton’s Lead to Win incubator, part of the Capital Entrepreneurs Campus Linked Accelerator (CLA) formed by Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and Invest Ottawa. CLAs are part of a program funded by the Ontario government to support student entrepreneurs gain business skills, mentorship and hands-on experience to start and grow a business.  Forty-two of 44 universities and colleges across Ontario have CLA or On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) programs, which are managed by OCE and are part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy.