is living every space enthusiast’s dream as one of the leads
on Canada’s latest satellite mission. The Orleans’ native
is the Commission-ing Coordinator for the RADARSAT Constellation
prepare two of the RCM satellites for testing before
they were launched into orbit on June 12. PHOTO COURTESY
OF THE CSA
Mission is made up of three satellites which were launched
simultaneously on June 12 aboard a Space X Falcon 9 rocket.
The trio of Earth observation satellites are capable of
scanning the Earth day or night and in any weather conditions.
The three-satellite configuration allows for daily revisits
of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, as well
as daily access to 90 per cent of the world’s surface and
the Arctic up to four times a day.
is designed to provide effective solutions in three main
areas: Maritime surveillance (ice, surface wind, oil pollution
and ship monitoring); Disaster management (mitigation, warn-ing,
response and recovery); and Eco-system monitoring (agriculture,
wetlands, forestry and coastal change monitoring). The data
collected will help captains safely navigate through Arctic
waters, farmers maximize their crop yields, first responders
save lives, and much more.
first joined the project as a mission engineer. His job
was to validate that the satellite system met all the required
specifications as defined by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
He then transitioned to the Operations Development team
based at CSA’s Mission Control Centre in St Hubert, Quebec
and is one of the Mission Planning Leads responsible for
booking communication times with the satellites and generating
the commands that were sent to the spacecraft to control
missions are large under-takings involving many different
compon-ents and people – I help to make sure that it all
fits properly to ensure a successful mission.” explains
Orth-Lashley who is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate
program at Colonel By Secondary School.
I am involved with over-seeing the implementation of the
design of satellite systems from the satellite that gets
launched into orbit to the software on the ground used to
control the satellite to the personnel that actually operate
graduating from high school, Orth-Lashley attended the University
of Toronto where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Astronomy
and Physics and eventually a Master’s Degree in Astrophysics.
earning his Master’s, Orth Lashley did a brief stint in
the UK where he helped develop software for the International
Space Station. Not long afterwards, he returned to Canada
to work on the RCM project for MDA, the same company that
built RADARSAT-2 and the Canadarm, essentially making his
childhood dream of launching something into space come true.
thanks to the support of my family, friends, and mentors
that I was able to make my childhood dream a reality,” says
Orth-Lasley. “So thank you to the Orléans community.”
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)