On April 13th, 2015 we met Industry Minster James Moore during his visit to the University of Alberta for a press event. This event focused on Alberta’s and Canada’s industry in general, specifically Canada’s involvement in the space industry. CubeSatellites are cheaper to produce and launch than their larger counterparts, making space more accessible to small groups like us. We are very fortunate to have the assistance of QB50 in the creation and launch of our Satellite. Through this project and the assistance of the CSA and ESA we are able to create Alberta’s first CubeSatellite. This industry is exceptionally new and there’s not much expertise for us to fall back on in Alberta. We look forward to seeing where it will go.

To re-visit the event, check out this livestream.  The story was also featured on the ualberta.ca news page, on the Faculty of Engineering news page, and in President Indira Samarasekera’s weekly bulletin, April 17.

Supporting the Canadian Space Industry

Do you think Canada should play more of a role in the global space sector? Our industry is lagging behind the rest of the world, despite the many companies, universities, and research initiatives focused on space here in Canada. Check out this petition to the government of Canada to redevelop a modern space strategy in our country: