The Satellite Design Project (SDP) offers undergraduate students from various backgrounds an opportunity to collaborate on the designing, building, testing, and ‘simulated operation’ of a CubeSat for their capstone project. The ultimate plan is to launch the satellite.  The mission objective of this project is to develop a CubeSat capable of detecting forest fires in Canada. It is comprised of eight sub-teams responsible for different aspects of the satellite, each supported by a specified lead engineer with vast industry experience. The sub-teams are as follows:

  • Systems
  • Payload
  • Attitude Dynamics and Control
  • Command and Data Handling
  • Communications
  • Thermal
  • Power
  • Structure

Though the project focuses on space system design, it welcomes students from a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) backgrounds. Making the project’s most important mission, the development of critical and capable engineers and scientists.

This fund will support the project for years to come by covering a portion of the costs associated with purchasing and manufacturing components for testing and further use in the CubeSat. Through your support, students can pursue more challenging and optimized designs for the satellite. Further supporting the development of more capable and experienced graduates

SDP furthers the technical skills of its members and the ability to work cohesively in teams to tackle complex issues. This ensures that upon graduation, members can better thrive in project-based industries. Academically, students can deepen their understanding of engineering concepts and processes through application. Encouraging critical thought to ensure future endeavors in industry value both safety and effectivity. In addition, student contributions lay the groundwork for future developments, allowing for impactful participation in the project on the part of the student.