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Space Enthusiasts

Our division was founded in 2010 and was Space Concordia’s first division! We are dedicated to building nanosatellites and help the scientific community advance its research by acquiring data and/or demonstrating feasibility of spacecraft technologies regarding radiation anomalies (CONSAT-1), the performance of self-healing materials in space (CONSAT-II, Aleksandr-I, Aleksandr-II), and dust plumes (SC-ODIN).

Over the years, we have participated in projects and competitions such as the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (curated by the CSDCMS: Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society) and the Canadian CubeSat Project (curated by the CSA: Canadian Space Agency).

Though we were forced to adapt ourselves to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were successfully able to transition online, as well as continue working on our CubeSat’s assembly in our in-house clean room.

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We are always releasing new content, so make sure to keep an eye on our social media for exclusive project updates.

You can also visit: linktr.ee/sc.spacecraft for a quick overview of all our platforms!

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Projects

Space Concordia makes a continuous effort to be more than just your average student society with a typical competition-based structure; we aim to be similar to a space agency where we show our expertise not only through the projects we develop, but also through the actions we do on a larger scale to benefit the world as a whole.

SC-ODIN

2022 Spacecraft

Space Concordia’s Orbital Dust Imaging Nanosat (SC-ODIN) is Concordia's participant in the Canadian Space Agency’s CubeSat Project (CCP) as one of 15 schools from across Canada selected to design, build, and launch a novel mission into space. Space Concordia's entry into the project entered development in summer 2018. The 3U CubeSat is designed and built by university students representing every faculty at Concordia, in partnership with the University of Montreal and the Gina Cody School of Engineering & Computer Science.  

The primary goal of the CCP is educational. We want to train the next generation of amateur radio operators, and to promote STEM education and space literacy by exposing students of varying backgrounds to all aspects of a real space mission, climate sciences, and group dynamics. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, students involved are pushing boundaries, innovating, and advancing scientific excellence, propelling them to become the next generation of space leaders.

The secondary goal of this project is to have two functional payloads. The primary payload seeks to capture imaging data over Canada, Lake Colhué Huapí in Argentina, and Namibian coastal regions to characterize the aerosol particles that are present in the dust storms which frequent these locations. The images will be transmitted back to Earth for processing with the goal of extracting aerosol optical depth (AOD) measurements from the dust storm particles. These AOD measurements will be used by climate scientists at the University of Montreal to update their climate models.  

The secondary payload seeks to gather total ionizing dose data to be collected on the inside and outside of the CubeSat throughout the mission.  

Many of our students have been taking their amateur and advanced radio licensing in order to be able to work on our ground station and to participate in outreach activities:

Francesco Coccimiglio – VA2FCO 

Mario Sanchez – VE2EYS 

David Fernie – VA2DJF 

Stephanie Fiore – VA2SSF

Juan Diego Colmenares De La Melena - VA2JUA

Christopher Spencer - VE2NUS


Aleksandr II

2018 Spacecraft

In the final iteration of Aleksandr, this satellite continued its work on self-healing properties and came out at 3rd place.


Aleksandr I

2016 Spacecraft

Aleksandr I improved on the concepts from the second iteration of CSDC. In the preliminary round, conducted in July 2015 in Vancouver, Aleksandr satellite ranked 2nd amongst all Canadian universities. With the help of over 50 students, in the 3rd year of CSDC, we were happy to take home the 1sr place trophy.


CONSAT-II

2014 Spacecraft

CONSAT II is a satellite which has been in development by Space Concordia since 2012 and its mission is to study the long-term performance of a new self-healing material in a microgravity environment. This new technology was developed by Dr Suong. V. Hoa, a professor at Concordia University. This self-healing material is of high interest for the aerospace community. If a self-healing shield were to be implemented on spacecraft, they would be better protected from micro particle impact. CONSAT subsequently won 2nd place in CSDC in 2014.


CONSAT-1

2012 Spacecraft

Consat-1 is Space Concordia’s first satellite that is tasked to study the radiation patterns of the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA). The SAA is a region where the Earth's inner Van Allen belt comes closest to the Earth's surface, and is infamous for causing strange fluctuations in radiation intensity. The development of Consat-1 marked the creation of Space Concordia and continues to be revered as one of the society’s greatest successes. Not only is it an incredible piece of engineering, but Consat-1 is also a symbol for Space Concordia as its legacy continues to inspire the society’s students to strive for innovation and excellence.


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Space Enthusiasts

Space Concordia is a student society at Concordia University that throws its members at challenging space and aerospace projects, to yield awesome results.

We win awards at national and international competitions, we showcase our school, but most importantly: Space Concordia teaches and trains excellent young scientists and engineers through hands-on work and an attitude of persistence and collaboration.

If you are interested in joining SC Spacecraft, please feel free to contact recruitment.spacecraft@spaceconcordia.ca directly!

Thank you for your interest in our team; we hope to hear from you soon!

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Our Team

We are made up of 9 subsystems: Attitude Control and Determination Systems (ADCS), Communications, Command & Data Handling (CDH), Electrical and Power Systems (EPS), Internal, Payload, Structures, Systems Engineering, and Thermal.

This allows team members to work on topics outside of their field of study, as well as more accurately separate and assign tasks. Though each subsystem is separate, they often collaborate on certain aspects, as they are working on the same project and some team members are even part of more than one subsystem!

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Patrick Baylis

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Chelsea Bahenduzi

We invite members to read through the Space Concordia Constitution. Members are also free to suggest changes to the document.

Space Concordia Constitution

Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their contributions. We would also like to reassure our sponsors that they are part of something greater than just student competitions.

We are working very hard to go beyond your average student society to prove to our sponsors and to the public that we are capable of accomplishing much more when given the resources to do so.
Your contributions have most certainly not been put to waste and we will work hard to make sure to secure an even brighter future for Space Concordia.

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