Canadian CubeSat Project

Notice to Canadian companies

Companies interested in working with professors can refer to the Request for information for the Canadian CubeSat Project.

Build and fly your own satellite!

Interested in participating?

View the Canadian CubeSat Project Announcement of Opportunity.

Notice to Canadian professors

Do you teach at a post-secondary institution in Canada? Are you interested in engaging your students in an out-of-this-world learning experience? The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has a challenge for your best and brightest students: design, build, launch and operate their own satellite!

Through the Canadian CubeSat Project, teams of professors and students can take part in a real space mission. The CSA will award up to 13 grants to fund selected proposals to build a miniature satellite called a CubeSat. Professors and students from every province and territory are encouraged to participate in this innovative project.

Stefan Damkjar, electrical engineering student at the University of Alberta, building the Ex-Alta 1 CubeSat as part of the university's participation in the QB50 mission. (Credit: Charles Nokes, University of Alberta)

After designing and building their CubeSat, each winning team will test it and prepare it for space. The CubeSats will be launched to and deployed from the International Space Station. The teams will then operate their satellites and conduct science according to the objectives of their missions, which could last up to 12 months.

Throughout the project, CSA experts will guide the professors and students to make their mission a success. This unique hands-on experience will provide students with the opportunity to acquire expertise in a wide variety of areas – ranging from science and technology to communicating their work with the public – and develop invaluable skills to transition into the workforce.

Show your students they have the "right stuff"!

Taryn Haluza-Delay, engineering physics student at the University of Alberta, wrapping a magnet wire around a miniature magnetometer. This instrument will be carried aboard a CubeSat designed by the University of Alberta student team participating in the international QB50 mission. (Credit: John Ulan, University of Alberta)

Thomas Pesquet invites Canadian professors and students to build and fly their own satellite! (Source : Canadian Space Agency, ESA, NASA, University of Alberta.)