The AlbertaSat team, with guidance from Ian Mann (Physics) and Carlos Lange (Engineering), has built and launched a miniaturized version of a fluxgate magnetometer. This essential tool for conducting solar-terrestrial research and monitoring space weather provides high-precision measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field. This mission will provide additional in-flight time to an instrument with broad utility for future Canadian and international flights on small payloads.
The QB50 mission, led by the von Karman Institute in Belgium, made space history through the launch of a network of 50 CubeSats built by university teams to perform first-class science in the largely unexplored lower thermosphere. The creation of the first satellite designed and built by AlbertaSat signifies the starting point in the development of an aerospace program at the University of Alberta. The program’s long-term goal is to create a thriving aerospace industry in Alberta. This will diversify the province’s economy while building on its technological, scientific and engineering expertise.