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Canadian CubeSat Project selects UNB, UdeM and NBCC to participate

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New Brunswick's CubeSat NB project will be the collaboration between the University of New Brunswick (UNB), the Université de Moncton (UdeM) and the New Brunswick Community College, which is aiming to launch the cube satellite or cubesat, from the International Space Station in 2021.

The CubeSat NB project is one of the 15participating teams and their work will provide new insights into the behaviour of Earth’s ionosphere, part of the upper atmosphere. The construction and the operation of CubeSat NB will see the involvement of numerous students from the field of engineering, science and technology and the students will play a lead role in the development of the physical design and in the fabrication and programming of the sophisticated computers that will be needed to successfully launch and operate the satellite.

Part of the development will be the custom robust mission software and hardware, which will enable the cube satellite to transmit mission data, manage power consumption and solar battery charging, temperature sensing and thermal management, antenna and solar panel deployment, timekeeping, security, file management and fault protection.

CubeSat NB will also carry spectral cameras to examine the varying composition of the atmosphere and another camera will take images of the Earth’s surface for earth science and meteorology applications. 

To read the full story on NBCC's website, click here.

To read the full story on UNB's website, click here.

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