Lift Off Alberta: Launching Alberta’s First Cube Satellite

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 QB50 Mission. This mission is the largest Cube Satellite constellation in human history. This constellation, made up of 50 Cube Satellites, will be launched using the Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer. The QB50 mission will study the lower thermosphere while Ex-Alta 1 will be using its main payloads to study space weather as well as to qualify a novel University of Alberta Digital Flux-gate Magnetometer! This satellite will also provide us with a chance to test our own power supply design and an open source on-board computer in space.

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