Physics and Space Science News and Events

RMC Graduate Student to Row Across the Pacific Ocean


Heather Taylor, RMC graduate student in the Department of Physics and Space Science, is on a mission.

The Mission?
To row 3,890 km (2,100 nautical miles) across the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Ocean route from Monterey, California to Hilo, Hawaii

Heather will be rowing across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii to bring lasting change in communities facing poverty.

Heather is undertaking this epic voyage to raise funds for charities 'Emmanuel International' (EI) and 'TEAR Australia'.

Starting from Monterey, California in April 2020, Heather will not see land for 60 to 90 or more days until she arrives in Hilo, Hawaii.

Armed with 120 days of rations, a water maker, and three sets of oars, she’ll be on her own until she arrives in Hilo on the Big Island.

More people have been to space or climbed Mt. Everest than have crossed an ocean in a rowing boat. Unless someone else gets there first, she'll be the first Canadian to complete a mid-Pacific row, and the first Australian to solo it.

More information can be found at Pacificgiantsrow.


Space Day 2019


Tuesday, 30 April
Currie Hall

The RMC Department of Physics and Space Science is honoured to welcome Canadian Space Agency President Sylvain Laporte and DG Space Director Space Strategy and Plans LCol Catherine Marchetti on 30 April 2019 for RMC Space Day.

Both guests will deliver presentations describing their agency’s strategic plan and recent developments. All RMC cadets, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.


  • 10:00: College-wide presentation by CSA President Sylvain Laporte: "Exploration Imagination Innovation"
  • 11:00: Coffee
  • 11:30: Sylvain Laporte face-to-face with OCdts (by invitation)
  • 14:00: College-wide presentation by LCol Catherine Marchetti: "Defence Space Program"
  • 15:00: Coffee
  • 15:30: LCol Marchetti face-to-face with OCdts (by invitation)

Read the article: "Space Day 2019 at the Royal Military College of Canada" in The Maple Leaf.

Study of water flow in Picton Bay


Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr. Peter Snell of The Department of Physics and Space Science have published a study of water flow in Picton Bay.

Dr. Jennifer Shore and Mr. Peter Snell on Picton Bay

Using GPS-powered drifters, researchers have been able to obtain measurements of how water moves through the bay. The drifters are pulled around by the local currents and continually broadcast their locations over the internet.

Municipal water intakes, located about 3.3 meters under the surface near the South end of Picton Bay, are vulnerable to risks from contamination, harmful algal blooms, and other water quality threats from a changing ecosystem due to climate change.  Drifter measurements, combined with water-flow models, allow for better management of these risks.

For further information, see the Water Quality Research Journal, and Protecting Drinking Water in the Bay of Quinte With Help from GPS Drifters.