22, 2001, Gazette)
technology transfer in action
From Space to Earth
Special to the Gazette
to C-CORE observe the interaction between mining telerobots in
a demonstration conducted by C-COREs Intelligent Systems
group and Intrignia, a company formed by a group of Memorial
graduates. (L-R) Jamie King and Lloyd Smith, Intrignia, Dr. Meisen,
Minister Tobin, Judith Whittick and Paul Mills, vice-president
of ACOA for Newfoundland and Labrador
European Space Agency announced the award of a $1.3 million contract
to C-CORE to implement Phase III of the Harsh Environments Initiative
at a ceremony at C-CORE on Friday. The initiative, which was
launched in 1997, is an international network to identify, transfer
and adapt technologies developed by European and Canadian space
agencies into terrestrial and marine environments. These technologies
span diverse projects, including satellite monitoring of pipelines
on slopes, remote robotic mining operations, and automation of
inspection tasks in sawmills, among others.
Federal Industry Minister Brian Tobin, Premier Roger Grimes and
space agency representative Dr. Pierre Brisson headlined the
Feb. 17 event.
C-CORE is providing opportunities for graduate research
to students of Memorial University, said Minister Tobin
to an audience of industry and academic leaders as well as space
agency partners. This helps make Canadian companies become
more innovative and competitive in the global marketplace by
adapting leading-edge space technologies and driving Canadian
innovation in the development of smart robotics and sensors
Dr. Brisson, head of the technology transfer, assessment and
promotion for the ESA, contributed a European perspective.
The C-CORE-led Harsh Environments Initiative has ... exceeded
our expectations and we look forward to continuing to support
(its) future expansion.
The focus of the initiative is on industrial operations in the
economies of Canada and Europe, especially, oil and gas and mining,
both of which undertake operations in inhospitable terrestrial
and marine environments. Industries that operate in harsh or
geographically remote terrestrial and marine environments are
faced with major challenges: to keep costs down, minimize the
impact of their operations on the environment, and ensure human
safety. These are precisely the operational imperatives that
gave rise to the HEI.
Weve been very successful in obtaining international
support for the program, which helps us achieve the goal of transferring
the products of space research and development to industrial
and commercial exploitation in Earths harsh environments,
explained Judith Whittick president and CEO.