The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society (CSDCMS) offers space-themed competitions which advance knowledge and capability in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Management) for Canadian university and secondary school students.


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CanSat Design Challenge
for Secondary Schools

September, 2022: A New CanSat Challenge Begins!

A new school year, a new offering of the CanSat Design Challenge. High schools across Canada are invited to design, build, and launch a CanSat, a pop-can-sized "satellite". Once built, we will launch it to a height of up to 1km (or drop it from a helicopter), and it collects data as it descends by parachute. The basic mission is to collect atmospheric pressure and temperature data every second, and each team must also implement a secondary mission of their choosing. One team will represent Canada at an International CanSat Competition in Europe in June, 2023, hosted by the European Space Agency!

With a Beginner and Advanced category, students from all grades and experience levels are welcome to participate! Download the promotional poster, and start forming your teams!






CubeSat Design Challenge
for Universities

April, 2022: The teams are designing their cubesats. Critical Design Review is in October.

The CubeSat Design Challenge is a competition for teams of university and college students to design and build a 3U CubeSat, a fully-operational satellite which is about the size of a 2 litre carton of milk.

The competition proceeds in a similar manner to an industry-led space mission, and includes hands-on workshops given by space industry experts. The competition concludes with a simulated launch vibration test, and we hope to be able to launch the winning team's satellite into orbit to carry out its science mission.




Thank you to L3Harris, Mitacs and the Trottier Family Foundation for their generous and continued support to the CSDCMS and its educational initiatives!


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