NorthStar’s Technical Director Frédéric Pelletier receives prestigious Alouette Award from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute
Montreal, May 15, 2019 – Today at the annual AERO 2019 gala, Mr. Frédéric Pelletier, received the prestigious Alouette award by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI) to recognize his outstanding contribution to advancement in Canadian space technology, application, science or engineering.
Mr. Pelletier is currently the Technical Director of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) at NorthStar Earth and Space and has been at the forefront of space object tracking for over 20 years. As a lead navigator for missions to Saturn, Mars, Pluto and beyond, his expertise in image-based navigation helped to deliver repeatedly and precisely many NASA spacecrafts within their respective targets.
Amongst his numerous achievements, Mr. Pelletier recently marked history as NASA’s Chief navigator of the New Horizon spacecraft for the flyby of the Ultima Thule object. This mission was described by NASA as “conducting the farthest exploration of any world in history — 4 billion miles from the Sun.” In recognition of his New Horizons accomplishments, the International Astronomical Union has approved naming Asteroid 177722 after Frédéric Pelletier.
At NorthStar, Mr. Pelletier leads the first ever space based high-fidelity SSA system which will bring game changing information to governments, satellite owners and international organizations. This system will transform the way near earth orbit is seen, managed and will help foster better space safety by avoiding collisions between satellites and other objects.
Receiving the Alouette Award, Frédéric Pelletier, Technical Director of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) at NorthStar, commented: “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award and humbled to be amongst the great Canadians who have received it before me. I want everyone to know, especially students and younger space professionals, that there are great projects going on in the field of space right here in Canada. These are exciting times for space and I feel privileged to be able to make history with our team at NorthStar here in Montréal.”
Attending the event, Stewart Bain, CEO of NorthStar Earth and Space stated: “On behalf of everyone at NorthStar, I want to congratulate Frédéric Pelletier for his outstanding achievements. At NorthStar, our performance is a function of the quality of our team. Fred is a great leader and inspiration to a vast pool of Québec talent.”
ABOUT AERO 2019 and the Alouette Award
AERO 2019 is Canada’s leading aeronautics conference hosted by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). The Alouette is awarded by CASI since 1995 to recognize an outstanding contribution to advancement in Canadian space technology, applications, science or engineering.