This first satellite is the maiden voyage for the team as well as the first UCalgary student-built satellite to be launched in the history of the city. Join us as we work towards launching #CalgaryToSpace.


​The CubeSat body is roughly the size of a loaf of bread, with room for 2 scientific instruments and all of the systems essential for function.

A layout model (left) helps the team determine where each component and system should be mounted.


Mini Plasma Imager

The Mini Plasma Imager is based on the ESA Swarm mission's thermal ion imagers, to investigate upper atmospheric ionized winds.​

A version of this MPI has been flown before on rockets and the current version is being adapted for long-term satellite deployment. 


CTS-SAT-1 is host to a mini-plasma imager, built at the University of Calgary by Dr. Johnathan Burchill. It will also serve as a testing bed for a novel deployable boom which will be monitored by a camera.

Deployable Boom

The boom is designed by a PHD candidate at the University of Calgary and will be manufactured by the composite materials lab.

Both payloads are products of the University of Calgary and are a part of our goal to launch our satellite with local scientific payloads.