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May 4, 2012

Eye in the Sky: Unpiloted Aircraft in a Future Near You exhibition launches at Canada Aviation and Space Museum

OTTAWA, May 4, 2012 – Unpiloted aerial vehicles (UAV) keep proving their usefulness in a wide variety of innovative ways, from wildlife monitoring, to helping ease rush hour traffic through media reports. Now a new exhibition at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) showcases the progress Canadian researchers have made in UAV technology suited to the widening field of application for these aircraft.

Working in collaboration with the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation (CSTMC), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Eye in the Sky: Unpiloted Aircraft in a Future Near You exhibition introduces the visitor to the fascinating technological innovations that are taking UAV technology from manually operated drones to advanced machines able to react almost autonomously to their environment.

NSERC-funded researchers Dr. Alejandro Ramirez-Serrano, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering of the University of Calgary, and Dr. Alan Lynch, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta, were on hand to talk about their innovative research programs to a local group of grade six students. The students also took part in various activities designed to increase awareness of the exciting opportunities that pursuing studies – and perhaps eventually a career – in science and technology can offer.

"We are proud to be a part of an exhibit that gives young people a first-hand glimpse of the most cutting-edge technologies in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; technologies that they would normally only see on the Internet, or on television," said Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). "In keeping with our aim to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators, we want to show students they can become the research stars of tomorrow."

"The new TechnoZone exhibitions that we are developing at each of our museums offer our visitors an amazing window on cutting-edge research in Canada," says CSTMC CEO Denise Amyot. "These exhibitions aim to light the spark of creativity in our youth, and stimulate their interest for science while giving them the confidence to pursue a career in science, to innovate and to become entrepreneurs."

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Olivier Bouffard
Media Relations
obouffard@technomuses.ca
613 949-5732

About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum:

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum invites Canadians of all ages and from all regions to explore the wonders of flight and the contribution of aviation to the transformation and development of Canada. It achieves this by collecting, preserving, depicting and displaying aeronautical artefacts and interpreting their significance—scientific and technical, social and cultural, historic as well as economic—to Canada and the world.

About NSERC:

NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports some 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging about 2,000 Canadian companies to participate and invest in post-secondary research projects.

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