About the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Canada's national triplecube nanosatellite competition
The Canadian Satellite Challenge was founded in 2011 to challenge university students across Canada to engage in nanosatellite development, promote STEM careers, and educate the public on space topics.
Space mission development is one of the core focuses of the competition, and requires teams to participate in programme management development, preliminary design review, critical design review, and environmental testing. Each team is judged and given constructive criticism by Canadian space industry experts and veterans. Each milestone in the competition is ranked, driving the competitive spirit among participating teams.
Throughout the CSDC, students have the opportunity to participate in workshops, attend tours, and network with the Canadian space sector. These opportunities are valuable learning experiences, as well as an incentive for participation as students are invited behind the closed doors of some of Canada’s most important facilities.
The CSDC also includes an outreach component as part of the team ranking, and the competition introduced the UrtheCast Outreach award in 2014. The winning team is determined by the quality and content of the outreach program. UMSATS received the first award in 2014 after reaching out to over 3,000 individuals locally, nationally, and internationally in classrooms, the community, and large events.
The current competition began in September 2016, and will close in May 2018. There are currently nine competing teams, which include: Concordia University, École Polytechnique de Montréal, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, York University, University of New South Wales (Australia), and of course, the University of Manitoba.