Originally published by CSDCMS on June 28th 2018

CSDC Manager Larry Reeves with the University of Manitoba team (l-r): Emerich Kovacs,
Valerie Platero, Matt Driedger, Morgan Taverner, Sawyer Rempel.

Congratulations to the University of Manitoba team, which earned First Place in this fourth offering of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge! The CSDC launch simulation testing took place at the Canadian Space Agency’s David Florida Laboratory (DFL) in Ottawa this past week, concluding yesterday. In all, a total of nine teams had the opportunity to fully test all three axes of their cubesats – two more than previously achieved.

As the competition drew to a close, the judges (and several of the DFL employees) were impressed by the level of design maturity and understanding, preparedness, and professionalism of the UofM team throughout the test campaign. This is the first CSDC win for the UofM, which has been a strong and enthusiastic participant in every CSDC since its inception. Not everything went perfectly, however: an accelerometer – a sensor which is attached to record the accelerations at a particular location – fell off during the vibration test, and may have shorted or damaged a circuit board that was underneath it.

The judges’ deliberations for second and third place were far more difficult, with five teams being considered. This is a testament to the high level of spacecraft engineering capability which has developed at Canadian universities over the course of these past four competitions – especially considering that, in the first CSDC, only three teams were able to complete their cubesats in time for testing. Second place honours were given to the University of Victoria, and Concordia University was third.

The Educational Outreach Award was also presented, to the University of Alberta. Their team developed several modules of age-specific educational materials for the presentations which they gave to elementary and secondary schools. Honourable mentions went to: Simon Fraser University (participating for their first time in the CSDC) for their efforts which reached an estimated 3,500 people over the course of this offering; and, the University of Manitoba, whose educational outreach efforts have been admirable since the inception of the CSDC (and whose Educational Outreach efforts in the first CSDC prompted the creation of the award).

CSDC Manager Larry Reeves with the Outreach Award recipients from the
University of Alberta (l-r): Erik Halliwell, Callie Lissinna, and Casia McLeod.

The CSDC Management Society (CSCDMS), the not-for-profit organisation which organises the CSDC, would like to again thank the Canadian Space Agency’s David Florida Laboratory for allowing us the use of the facility, and for being so accommodating to us over this past week. Additionally, as this concludes the fourth offering of the competition, the CSDCMS would also like to thank the many sponsors, judges, and companies which have all contributed to make the CSDC a success. Please see this article on our web page for more photos of the testing campaign.

And, stay tuned for Selfie-Sat in CSDC-5, which will begin in September.

About the CSDCMS:
The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society is a federally-incorporated not-for-profit organisation co-registered in British Columbia and headquartered in Vancouver. It is managed and operated by a volunteer Board of Directors. For more information on the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge or the CSDCMS, please visit our website at www.csdcms.ca, or contact:
Larry Reeves
CSDCMS President
LReeves@CSDCMS.ca
Ph: +1 778-988-6343

The CSDC would like to thank the following for their support:

EnviroTREC would like to congratulate the University of Manitoba SciSat team which won First Place. Our satellite development capabilities in Manitoba will be enhanced with the addition of these talented upcoming engineers!