After launching from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral at 9:11:26 am MST April 18th on-board the Atlas V rocket, Ex-Alta 1 is now safely inside the International Space Station. Alberta’s first satellite arrived after a smooth four day ride onboard the S.S. John Glen Cygnus Spacecraft. The Cygnus was safely captured by astronauts Thomas Pesquet Read More

The Ex-Alta 1 cube satellite, the first made in Alberta satellite launched to the International Space Station on April 18, 2017 at 9:11:26 am MST on-board the Atlas V rocket.  4 days later it arrived at the International Space Station aboard the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft.  Stay tuned for more updates and follow Ex-Alta 1’s Read More

The most exciting moment of my life happened on the 3rd of February during the presentation of Sylvain Laporte, the President of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). I was sitting at a table in the center of the room in my best (my only) suit watching Mr. Laporte like a hawk and trying to pick Read More

Every year, as part of the Alumni Week at the University of Alberta, the Dean of Engineering hosts a reception to reflect on the Faculty’s accomplishments. This event also showcase plans for future development and looks ahead to what the Faculty of Engineering hopes to accomplish in coming years. AlbertaSat was invited to attend this year’s Read More

Being thrust into university is a challenge in itself, but when one enters the faculty of Engineering and stands face to face with its demanding reputation, it is simply daunting. The truth is, it is challenging most of the time as you don’t have teachers guiding you through everything and a lot of the content Read More

Friday morning focused on CubeSat Constellations, Future Technology on CubeSats and Technology Demonstrations on CubeSats. These sessions included presentations on the NANOBED mission lab and a presentation on Planet Labs, who are aiming to be able to take daily photos of earth. During lunch we spent some time looking at the Industrial Exhibits. These included Read More

AlbertaSat is a group of students and faculty at the University of Alberta who are building Alberta’s first Cube Satellite, the Experimental Albertan #1 (Ex-Alta 1). This bold group of men and women will shortly be launching a 3U Cube Satellite into a low earth orbit (about 380km to 400km) in summer 2016 as part of the Read More

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: