AlbertaSat-1 is the University of Alberta’s entry in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CDSC), an initiative to encourage Canadian students to contribute to the space technology and research industry. The opportunity provides students with hands-on experiences and goals previously unavailable within Alberta, and the educational and academic impact of this endeavour is profound.
The primary mission objective of AlbertaSat-1 is to deploy an Earth-observing nano-satellite. The nano-satellite willderive atmospheric concentrations of important greenhouse gases using a near-infrared (1000-2400 nm) spectrometer that distinguishes the atmospheric absorption bands of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Water Vapour (H2O), methane (CH4), and some nitrous oxides (NOx). The team will design and produce the nano-satellite and its subsystems, and the mission will be considered a success with its subsequent operation. Team benefits from mentorship, advice, and perspectives from professors and industry advisors who with the team and help ensure the best possible product is developed.
In addition to the primary mission objective, AlbertaSat-1 has a mandated requirement to provide public outreach and educational opportunities. The team engages the public at all stages of the development and production processes, in addition to disseminating project and data information in publications and conference proceedings. The team is also planning speaking opportunities at grade schools and other public events.