Physics and Space Science News and Events

In memoriam: Dr. Rodney Harris-Lowe.


We have received sad news that Dr. Rod Harris-Lowe (Space Science and Physics Dept.) passed away suddenly on February 10, 2020.

Rod was a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and in 1965, he returned to the College and the Department of Physics as a Professor.  He served as Head of the Department from 1986 until 1991.

Rod was also greatly involved with the Canadian Military College Faculty Association (CMCFA) for 17 years. He held the position of President during the certification process of the CMCFA.  He also held positions of Vice-President, Executive Secretary and Chair of the Grievance Committee.  In addition, he served on the bargaining team for numerous negotiations.

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.