Systems Engineering, Space Physics and Space Instrumentation
Yunlong Lins research interests are design,integration, test
and operation of modern small satellites or small space systems; the space environment
and its effects: monitoring, testing, simulation, protection and mitigation; space
payloads for Earth and its atmospheric observations, lunar industry initiative
and planetary exploration.
Aeronomy of the Earth's Upper
McDade's research activities are primarily in the areas of optical
aeronomy and space physics. He uses UV, visible and near-IR spectrophotometric
observations made from rockets, satellites and ground observing stations to study
photochemical processes that produce light in the upper atmosphere. His research
focuses on attempts to understand the physics and chemistry of these processes
and the development of remote sensing techniques which exploit these optical airglow
emissions to study the composition, energetics and dynamics of the upper atmosphere.
Space engineering and planetary physics
Quine's primary research focuses on the development of optical instrumentation,
analysis techniques and space test processes to advance planetary research and
to improve the performance and reliability of space systems. He is the principal
investigator for Northern Light, a proposed Canadian mission to lander on the
surface of Mars this decade. He is also co-investigator for the MANTRA balloon
missions to assess the odd nitrogen chemistry in the stratosphere and a co-investigator
for the Can-X Pico-satellite facility. His research can be divided into three
principle scientific themes: Earth observation, Mars Exploration and the observation
of Extrasolar planetary systems. These initiatives involve the development of
both theoretical analysis tools to design instrumentation and to retrieve information
from observation data and the development of the hardware needed to make space-based
Shan's research interests include Spacecraft Dynamics, Control and
Navigation; Active Vibration Control; Formation Flying (Flight); Airship Development;
Cooperative and Coordinated Control of Multiple Vehicles; and Ground-Based Testbed
Dynamical Processes in the Upper Atmosphere
Shepherd is Principal Investigator for Canada's Wind Imaging Interferometer
(WINDII), in orbit since September 12, 1991, on NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research
Satellite (UARS), which is still acquiring data. Using these data he studies winds
and temperatures using photochemically produced "airglow" emissions
as a target, for the altitude range 80 to 300 km. The emission strength also provides
information on the concentration of atomic oxygen, an important constituent in
the upper atmosphere. It has been learned that the atomic oxygen is strongly affected
by planetary scale waves in the atmosphere, and by atmospheric tides. Ground-based
instruments are also operated remotely, near Toronto and at Resolute Bay, in the
Canadian Arctic. Work is in progress on new missions to measure winds in the mesosphere
(45 to 85 km), and in the stratosphere (20 to 45 km). The latter will provide
important information on ozone and its transport, and may improve weather forecasts.
Whiteway's research interests can be subdivided into a number of categories.
Atmospheric measurements: The main technical basis of the research is development
and application laser remote sensing (or lidar) for atmospheric measurements from
the ground, from aircraft, and on Mars. Much of the research also involves in-situ
measurements with instruments installed on a high altitude aircraft called the
Egrett. Climate: Airborne measurement campaigns to study cirrus clouds, water
vapour, and dynamics in the upper troposphere at mid-latitudes and in the tropics.
Atmospheric Dynamics: Airborne measurement campaigns to investigate atmospheric
gravity waves and turbulence. Martian Atmosphere: Design, testing, and implementation
of a lidar system on the Phoenix Mars Lander (2008) to measure the distribution
of dust and clouds. Air Quality: Development of a mobile lidar and measurements
to investigate the sources and evolution of urban pollution. Arctic Ozone: Construction
of a new lidar for measurements of tropospheric and stratospheric ozone at the
Eureka Station in the Canadian Arctic.
Zhu's research interest can be subdivided into a number of categories.
Fundamental: computational solid mechanics; nonlinear finite element analysis
and design evaluation; cable dynamics; vehicle dynamics; structural mechanics;
fatigue, fracture and damage mechanics; computer simulation; dynamics and control
of mechanical systems; residual Stress and welding engineering. Aerospace: dynamics
and control of aerial refueling hose and drogue, towed instruments. Aircraft/ship
dynamic interface analysis. Motion measurement using photogrammetry. Defence:
naval shock analysis and design; dynamics and control of underwater towed vehicles.
Robotics: kinematics; dynamics; automated aircraft passenger bridge.