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What is the Canadian CubeSat Project

The Canadian CubeSat Project (CCP) was announced in . The CCP is providing professors in post-secondary institutions with an opportunity to engage their students in a real space mission. Through this national initiative, winning teams of professors and students are offered the unique opportunity to design and build their own miniature satellite called a CubeSat.

Thomas Pesquet invites Canadian professors and students to build and fly their own satellite!

Credits: Canadian Space Agency (CSA), ESA, NASA, University of Alberta

In , the CSA announced the selection of the winning proposals and awarded a total of 15 grants. Overall, 37 organizations are participating in the CCP, thanks to several inter-regional, inter-provincial and international collaborations that include universities from Europe, Australia and the USA.


Stefan Damkjar, electrical engineering student at the University of Alberta, building the Ex-Alta 1 CubeSat as part of the university's participation in the QB50 mission. (Credits: Charles Nokes, University of Alberta)

Student teams across Canada are now hard at work to first design and then build their CubeSats. Once tested and ready for space, the CubeSats will be launched to and deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022–2023. The student teams will then operate their satellites and conduct science according to the objectives of their missions, which could last up to 12 months.

Canadian CubeSat Project Timeline
Canadian CubeSat Project development timeline - Text version

Canadian CubeSat Project development timeline at a glance.

  • Design phase: to
  • Construction phase: to
  • Testing and launch integration phase:
  • Launch: -

Credit: Canadian Space Agency

Throughout the project, CSA experts, as well as representatives from the Canadian space industry, will guide professors and students to optimize the success of each mission. This unique hands-on experience will provide students with the opportunity to acquire expertise in a wide variety of areas – ranging from science and technology to communicating their work to the public – and develop invaluable skills that will prepare them to become Canada's next generation of space innovators.



A total of 15 grants ranging from $200,000 to $250,000 was awarded following an Announcement of Opportunity (AO).


Canadian post-secondary institutions (colleges and universities).


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