Press Releases

30 March 16 2009
SOMN Fireball event of March 16, 2009

At 8:37 pm on Sunday evening, March 15, 2009 (01:37 UT March 16) five cameras of Western's Southern Ontario Meteor Network, including one located at ROBOsky, recorded a fireball in the evening sky east of Toronto. [see event] The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and The University of Western Ontario are looking for help from local residents in recovering a meteorite that fell to earth in the Newmarket, Ont. area. [read more]

30 May 2007
ROBOsky Awarded Contract to Upgrade Observatory at the University of Waterloo, ON, Canada

ROBOsky will repair, upgrade and automate the campus observatory at the University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada. The Observatory is used for undergraduate education and public outreach.

15 April 2007
ROBOsky Hosts Sentinel Camera for University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada

ROBOsky has been selected to host the Sentinel 06 All-Sky Meteor Camera for the University of Western Ontario at its observatory farm in the Hockley Highands in south western Ontario. The Observatory is part of the UWO All-Sky Camera Network

30 March 2007
ROBOsky Automates Observatory for University of Western Ontario

ROBOsky has been selected to automate the University of Western Ontario's SkyShed Observatory at Elginfield. The Observatory is part of the UWO All-Sky Camera Network

15 May 2006
ROBOsky to Deliver Turnkey Private Robotic Observatory, Toronto, ON, Canada

Watershed Transitions has selected ROBOsky to develop and install a small aperture unattended robotic observatory which can be controlled over the Internet in real-time. This installation will be used for automated scientific data collection, and private subscriber use. The observatory will be hosted at ROBOsky's Dark Sky Observing site in the Hockley Highlands, Ontario Canada.

6 April 2006
ROBOsky to Assist North York Astronomical Association to develop its Remotely Accessible Telescope

The North York Astronomical Assoication has acquired key components and expertise from ROBOsky to complete its Remotely Accessible Telescope, located near Cobourg Ontario Canada.

8 August 2005
ROBOsky to Deliver Robotic Station for Observatory Installation, Cork, Ireland

ROBOsky has been selected to provide Cork Institute of Technology with a web-enabled Remote-Presence Environmental Monitoring Station to form an integral part of its Robotic Observatory installation.

21 June 2004
ROBOsky to Deliver Robotic Weather Station for Observatory Installation, Dublin, Ireland

ROBOsky has been selected by University College Dublin to develop an Environmental Monitoring Station to provide data for the fail-safe operation of its Southern-Hemisphere Robotic Observatory.

22 June 2003
ROBOsky to Deliver Environmental Monitoring Station to Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

ROBOsky will provide Acadia University with a Remote-Presence web-enabled Environmental Monitoring Station for its Department of Environmental Science at the Morton Centre.

23 May 2003
ROBOsky Co-authors Poster for AASP

The University of Toronto, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and ROBOsky present a joint poster at the 2003 Meeting of the AAS.

18 October 2002
Space Software adds on-line imaging functionality to its Starry Night Pro software using ROBOsky Robotic observatories, Toronto, ON, Canada

ROBOsky has been selected by Space.com's Starry Night software to provide real-time image acquisition capabilities from its world class astronomy planetarium program.

13 August 2002
University of Waterloo awards ROBOsky with Contract, Waterloo, ON, Canada

ROBOsky has been selected to upgrade the existing 1970 vintage undergraduate observatory facilities at the Waterloo Ontario campus for local automated telescope control and digital imaging.

26 June 2002
ROBOsky to Deliver Turnkey Robotic Observatory, Toronto, ON, Canada

Mah Enterprises has selected ROBOsky to develop and install a small aperture unattended robotic observatory which can be controlled over the Internet in real-time. This installation will be used for automated scientific data collection, training and education, and individual use. The observatory will be hosted at ROBOsky's Dark Sky Observing site in the Hockley Highlands, Ontario Canada.

3 June 2002
ROBOsky Expands its Presence in the Education Market, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Ontario's Waterloo Region District School Board has adopted ROBOsky science learning modules integrated with remote observatory access to supplement their grade 6 and 9 science curriculum.

12 May 2002
ROBOsky Develops Strategic Alliance with APTA to Establish a Southern Hemisphere Internet Controlled Observatory, Brisbane, Australia

ROBOsky and Automated Patrol Telescopes Australia will jointly develop a fully-automated Internet-controlled robotic observatory. This will allow ROBOsky users to image southern hemisphere skies. The system is scheduled to come on-line in Sept 2002.

24 April 2002
ROBOsky Interviewed on City TV CP24 HomePage by David Onley, Toronto ON Canada

David Onley of Toronto's City TV CityPulse HomePage interviews Marc Castel, President of ROBOsky. [City TV CP24 HomePage]

15 April 2002
ROBOsky Enters the Global Market for Science Centers and Nature Museums in Partnership with Match Media Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada

ROBOsky has signed an agreement to partner with Match Media, Inc. to develop and market real-time, remote interactive exhibits for science centers and museums. "ROBOsky has developed an exciting product for the Museum market. The hands-on and interactive nature of this technology is in high demand and we are very excited about the partnership. Together we will expand ROBOsky to the international museum community." [read more]

5 January 2002
University of Toronto awards ROBOsky with Second Contract, Toronto, ON, Canada

ROBOsky has been selected to upgrade the existing 1980 vintage undergraduate observatory facilities at the Scarborough campus for fully automated Internet control and local manual control. [read more]

26 December 2001
ROBOsky Named City Pulse Favorite Web Site of the Week, Toronto, ON, Canada

David Onley of Toronto's City TV CityPulse news station has named ROBOsky his favorite web site of the week for 26 December 2001. [CityPulse]

1 November 2001
ROBOsky to provide the Canadian Space Resources Centre with online Observing

ROBOsky has joined forces with the Canadian Space Resources Centre and the Toronto District School Board to provide students with access to its network of on-line telescopes.

15 September 2001
ROBOsky Selected to Upgrade the Undergraduate Observatory Facilities at the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

ROBOsky will upgrade the existing urban observatory facilities at Canada's largest university to enable intranet and Internet accessibility and robotic data collection extending the life of the the observatory and increasing utilization. "This project has resulted in a truly exceptional facility for training students in research techniques, capable of producing significant research results" Stefan Mochnascki, PH.D [read more]

5 August 2001
ROBOsky Lends Expertise to "Starfest", Canada's Largest Annual Astronomical Event

ROBOsky will deliver streaming video and audio for the North York Astronomical Association Starfest's main presentations to allow a global audience to virtually join the convention of for the first time. "ROBOsky was able to deliver a cost-effective solution to provide Starfest with a real-time web presence." Andreas Gada, Starfest Coordinator, North York Astronomical Association. [read more]

3 July 2001
ROBOsky President Marc Castel Interviewed on CBC Metro Morning, Toronto, ON, Canada

Marc Castel is interviewed on the development and applications of the ROBOsky Wild Flower Ridge Observatory by Andy Barrie on CBC Radio 1's Metro Morning [Listen to the Interview]

8 June 2001
ROBOsky Awarded Contract to Repair and Retrofit Observatory in Haliburton, Ontario, Canada ROBOsky has been awarded contract to retrofit a massive multi-level roll-off observatory design, making it suitable for a world-class experience in astronomy. "This project has greatly enhanced our competitive edge and ability to provide high quality eco-tourism programs". Peter Schleifenbaum, Director Haliburton Forest [read more]

June 2001
ROBOsky Featured in "In The Hills" magazine

In The Hills Vol.8, No.2, 2001 Summer "Touring the Universe" by Fred Langan [read more] (300 kB)

10 September 2000
ROBOsky to Deliver Turnkey Robotic Observatory, Toronto, ON, Canada

ROBOsky selected to develop and install a small aperture unattended robotic observatory which can be controlled over the Internet in real-time. "ROBOsky has put together a rock-solid affordable turnkey solution for Lajade", Dennis Gasparotto P.Eng., Director, Lajade Inc. [read more]

9 September 2000
ROBOsky Enters the Education Market with the Launch of Interactive Web-based Online Astronomy Science Units in Support of the Ontario Science Curriculum, Guelph, ON, Canada

Ontario's Upper Grand District School Board has adopted ROBOsky science learning modules integrated with remote observatory access to supplement their grade 6 and 9 science curriculum. "ROBOsky has provided us with a comprehensive mechanism to deliver high quality science learning to our students in a medium which speaks to today's generation." Heather Pedjase, Science Curriculum Coordinator, Upper Grand District School Board.

August 1999
Wild Flower Ridge Observatory, Astrotent, Summer 1999 Marc Castel describes the motivation, design and development behind the construction of the first ROBOsky observatory near Orangeville, ON, Canada. [read more] (250 kB)


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