Creator(s): Okanagan Science Centre
Bruce Aikenhead is one of the pioneers of the Canadian aerospace industry with over 40 years' experience in aerospace engineering and astronaut training development. Aikenheads's career as a systems engineer led him to work on illustrious projects such as the Avro Arrow, NASA's Project Mercury, and the Canadarm for NASA's Space Shuttle program. Additionally, he served as a project engineer for RCA's ISIS-2 Ionosphere Research Satellite, 'Hermes' Communications Technology Satellite and the High Altitude Research Project (HARP) at McGill University. Aikenhead was integral in the development of the Canadian Astronaut Program, where he served as Director-General. Aikenhead was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canada's space program.