Western University - Nunavut Arctic College CubeSat Project

Led by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Canadian CubeSat Project offers post-secondary institutions the opportunity for their students to take part in a real space mission by designing, building, launching, and operating their own miniature satellite, called a CubeSat. 

On May 4, 2018, CSA announced the winners of the Canadian CubeSat Project. Proposal led by Western University, in partnership with Nunavut Arctic College, was one of the 15 successful proposals. The project at Western University is led by Depertment of Electrical and Computer Engineering and CPSX faculty member Dr. Jayshri Sabarinathan. Dr. Matthew Cross is the Project Manager. Dr. Gordon Osinski, Dr. Kenneth McIsaac, Dr. Livio Tornabene and Dr. Matt Bourassa are the co-investigators while Dr. Parshati Patel is the Educational Outreach Coordinator for the project. Industry partners for this project include MDA and Canadensys Aerospace. 

Mission Objectives:

- Conduct a flight-test with a novel imaging system for the engineering technology demonstration with the potential to provide virtual reality-ready images. This imagin system has future applications in the Earth observation and space exploration.
- Enchance science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) outreach of Western University's Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration (CPSX) by taking CubeSat operations into the classroom. This will include students from Southwestern Ontario schools and Nunavut Arctic College. Remote access to the CubeSat will facilitate live demonstrations of how to send commands and how to interpret data received. These activities will commplement the existing classroom activities and build upon previous work developed at Western in enabling remote access to laboratory equipment.

Stay tuned for details here as the project develops!