NASA Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute’s Community of Practice Webinar Series
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NASA Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute’s Community of Practice Webinar Series Join us onWednesday, February 14, 202410:00AM-11:00AM PTfor a webinar by Afzal Suleman University of Victoria, Canada Optical Reference Calibration CubeSat (ORCASat) Mission Lessons Learned
ABSTRACT The Optical Reference Calibration CubeSat (ORCASat) is a 2U CubeSat that was designed and built in-house by students at the University of Victoria. ORCASat was British Columbia’s submission to the Canadian Space Agency CubeSat Project (CCP), it was UVic’s first CubeSat, and the first student-built CubeSat in BC to be launched into space. The objective of this nanosatellite mission were student education and technology demonstration for space science. Primarily, the ORCASat project intended to train highly qualified personnel for the Canadian aerospace industry by giving undergraduate and graduate students an unparalleled opportunity to participate an actual space mission as part of their education. To facilitate this learning opportunity, a scientific mission was also undertaken, which was demonstrating new technologies for calibrating Earth-based telescopes by providing a calibrated reference light source in low earth orbit. After nearly four years of development, ORCASat was successfully deployed into low earth orbit from the International Space Station in December 2022. The UVic team was able to contact the satellite almost immediately after deployment and operated the satellite for six months before atmospheric re-entry in July 2023. The mission was a success, giving many students unparalleled experience, and space qualifying a student-built satellite bus and ground station which will serve the University of Victoria for future satellite missions. S3VI encourages the community to submit questions before the webinar to enable more directed responses. Please send questions to: [email protected] Learn more and connect to this webinar Please contact [email protected] if you experience issues with the audiovisual connection to this webinar.