CTV News reported that Canada participated in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group to develop a longterm plan to return to the moon. Canada's speciality? Robotics. Similar to how Canadians now operate the Canadarm, Canadians would operate the robotics needed for a lunar mission. This longterm plan could spell many opportunities for systems engineers as they are well suited for both aerospace, mission planning and robotics development.
SpaceX is developing a vertical takeoff and landing prototype named Grasshopper. The intent is use these as booster rockets that returns to the launch pad after separation rather than burning up in the atmosphere, or falling into the ocean. The latest video shows the unmanned rocket lifting off, going up about 325m then returning to the launch pad. And if that wasn't cool enough, all the footage was taken by a remotely controlled hex-copter. [Image from SpaceX video]