National Research Council of Canada Recognized for Technology Milestone

The National Research Council of Canada's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory was recently awarded the IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing in recognition of its 1967 accomplishments in radio astronomical observations using Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).

Online PR News – 13-October-2010 – – The National Research Council (NRC) is renowned for its pursuit of new technologies and savvy investment in research and development, and the recent IEEE recognition underscores that the NRC has been at it for quite some time. It would be a technological feat to build and employ VLBI today, let alone in 1967. Combining the signals of widely separated telescopes to form a very high resolution image still sounds like cutting edge science endeavor, yet the NRC has been doing it for decades, and was first to do so in 1967. The separation of the telescopes was an impressive 3074 km. One was located in Penticton, British Columbia and the other in Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Canada's National Research Council is blazing a path for the development of an innovative, knowledge-based economy for Canada through science and technology, and the breadth of its capabilities are legendary. The NRC classifies its areas of research into twenty specific disciplines, from aerospace to ocean and marine engineering. Within each discipline, there are institutes and programs, as well as research programs and projects. Publications accompany each, and opportunities for business and services are also available. Collectively, the disciplines contribute significantly to the NRC's goal of fostering a knowledge-based economy for Canada.

The Astronomy and Astrophysics discipline that was awarded the IEEE Milestone recognition is pushing the envelope of science in an effort to literally have a better view of the universe. Their correlators enabled the high successful Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (CGPS), from which an unprecedented view of the interstellar medium in our Galaxy was achieved. In addition to running their astronomical facilities in Canada, Chile and Hawaii, the staff develops advanced instruments for observatories that may be used not only for intergalactic purposes, but also for earth-bound applications.

The NRC also partners with the private sector in order to further its goals. Recently, the NRC announced that Delco Automation will receive $549,625 from the NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program to help develop energy and cost efficient solutions for water treatment issues. The NRC continually evaluates and partners with others in the field of science and technology to bolster the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadian citizens.

The NRC is always on the lookout for possible breakthroughs, and not all of them need to be scientific in nature. Economically efficient solutions always peak their interest, as was the case when a Saskatchewan citizen created a promising wind turbine that could generate power. Glen Lux, the brains behind the turbine, made national headlines for his wind turbine design that costs less that anything on the market. The NRC sent Marko Yanishevsky, Senior Research Officer of the NRC's Aerospace Structures to get together with Mr. Lux to evaluate the concept and design. Marko Yanishevsky admitted that he "was pleasantly surprised" and rendered his professional assessment, noting that "it’s a very promising design," giving Mr. Lux a favourable analysis which he can leverage to attract investors. Marko Yanishevsky and the NRC examined the design in detail and performed simulations based on designs of varying sizes and material.

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's leading resource for research, development and technology-based innovation. The NRC comprises some 20 institutes and national programs, spanning a wide variety of disciplines and offering a broad array of services.

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