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Wednesday, February 3 • 14:20 - 14:40
Lessons Learned from Developing a 3U Cubesat from an Undergraduate Level – Space Concordia

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Space Concordia is currently competing in the 3rd Iteration of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) with a new team and a new satellite, Aleksandr. It is a huge challenge for full-time Undergraduate students to work on such a complicated project in an extracurricular basis. Space Concordia has accumulated valuable knowledge and experience in its 5 years of CubeSat development for the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. Many problems have risen from the team’s initial lack of knowledge on anything space. However, it is not from their knowledge, but through their passion that the team has succeeded in winning first place in the first iteration of CSDC and winning second place on the second iteration. The team has developed a basis for integrating new members into the complicated environment of space engineering. The Aleksandr team hopes that through sharing of their experience, they can increase support for student-based competition and inspire the next generation of students. 

Aleksandr is a satellite which has been in development by Space Concordia since 2012 and its mission is to study the long-term performance of a new self-healing material in a microgravity environment. This new technology was developed by Dr Suong. V. Hoa, a professor at Concordia University. This self-healing material is of high interest for the aerospace community. If a self-healing shield were to be implemented on a spacecraft, it would be better protected from micro particle impacts. 

Technical difficulties for the satellite include, but are not limited to, integration of a mechanical payload within a CubeSat, thermal and vibrational analysis of the satellite, and more importantly of the payload module, necessity for redundant systems within software, as well as integration of strict launch requirements. 

Some additional complications also emerge from the extra-curricular and student-based nature of Space Concordia. This includes, but is not limited to, lack of experience and funds, balancing satellite development with full-time studies, inconsistent members due to graduation or various other reasons, and much more.

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Larry Reeves

Director, The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society

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Jan Clarence Dee

Student, Concordia University
Space Concordia is an award-winning, multidisciplinary student society of over 200 students from various fields of studies working in different subdivisions such as Spacecraft, Ground Station, Rocketry and Robotics. The society’s mission is to promote the learning and application of space engineering by providing students with opportunities to participate in space-related projects and competitions. | | The society is currently competing in... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 14:20 - 14:40
Provence Room 45 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1W2

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