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Wednesday, February 3 • 14:00 - 14:20
The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge: Building Future Space Leaders for Canada (and the World)

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The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) is a Canada-wide competition for teams of university students to design and build a cubesat satellite. The primary objective of the competition is to launch the winning team’s satellite, in order to conduct its science mission; however, there are several additional objectives, intended to help build space knowledge and research and development capability at the university level.

A key element of the CSDC is “hands-on” workshops at which participating students acquire space industry skills in diverse areas of space mission design and development, such as assembling solar panels in a cleanroom, subjecting potential cubesat components to a simulated space radiation environment, and conducting random vibration testing on their finished cubesat prototypes.

The CSDC follows a simplified project schedule, with milestone deliverable documents and a Critical Design Review. With this format, the CSDC not only gives participants a intensive immersion into spacecraft and space mission design and engineering, but in project and team management.

The CSDC also has an Educational Outreach component, whereby each team is required to give presentations to a variety of audiences. Specific among these are pre-university (elementary and secondary) students, with the goal of inspiring and motivating them to pursue post-secondary education in science or engineering disciplines.

In this paper and presentation, the author will present results from the first three competitions, focusing on results from the “hands-on” workshops and testing activities which help foster new space expertise and capability at Canada’s universities, and on Educational Outreach efforts which the teams have dedicated to younger students.

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Lawrence Reeves

President, CSDCMS
I'm the President of the not-for-profit society which offers and manages the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. I'm also the Owner/President of Geocentrix Technologies Ltd., and offer technical consulting to the space industry on various mission-related topics. My background is... Read More →

Wednesday February 3, 2016 14:00 - 14:20 EST
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