is the University of Alberta’s entry in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CDSC), an initiative to encourage Canadian students to contribute to the space technology and research industry. As the opportunity provides students with hands-on experiences and goals previously unavailable within Alberta, the educational and academic impact of this endeavour is profound.
The primary mission objective of AlbertaSat-1 is to deploy an Earth-observing nano-satellite. So as to derive atmospheric concentrations of important greenhouse gases, the nano-satellite will be equipped with a near-infrared (1000-2400 nm) spectrometer that distinguishes the atmospheric absorption bands of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Water Vapour (H2O), methane (CH4), and some nitrous oxides (NOx). The team will design and produce the nano-satellite and its subsystems, and the mission will be considered a success with its subsequent successful operation. The team benefits from mentorship, advice, and perspectives from both professors and industry advisors who are working alongside them and helping ensure the best possible product is developed.
In addition to the primary mission objective, AlbertaSat-1 has a mandated requirement to provide public outreach and educational opportunities. The team will engage the public at all stages of the development and production processes, in addition to disseminating project and data information in publications and conference proceedings. The team is also planning speaking opportunities at grade schools and other public events.
University of Alberta AlbertaSAT
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada