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CUBICS is a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) initiative that provides professors in post-secondary institutions with an opportunity to engage their students in an end-to-end space mission adapted to their needs and their level of comfort, expertise and readiness. Selected teams will have the unique opportunity to design, build, test, launch and operate their own miniature satellite called a CubeSat.

Selected teams

The announcement of opportunity for CUBICS was posted in . In , the CSA announced the selection of the winning proposals and awarded nine grants representing $3.15 million over three years to Canadian post-secondary institutions to advance space science and technology while training the next generation of space experts. All projects selected in this round aim to help increase scientific knowledge to better understand climate change.

A list of the supported projects and their respective funding amounts is presented below.

List of the supported projects and their respective funding amounts
Institution Grant value Project
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
$348,700 Ex-Alta 3: Measuring ice and snow coverage
Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec
$350,000 SC-FREYR: Integrating AI for satellite image processing and improving performance and robustness of CubeSats
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
$349,740 STEM engagement through satellite development and observations
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
$349,992 IceCube: Making space accessible for Arctic climate change research
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario
$350,000 PRESET: A CubeSat mission for spectrometry of charged particles
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
$350,000 Killick-2: A CubeSat for ocean monitoring in support of climate change adaptation
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
$350,000 RADSAT-SK2: New radiation mitigating technologies for computer hardware in space
Western University
London, Ontario
$350,000 The Western Skylark: a 3U CubeSat for next-generation tracking of migratory wildlife using the Motus and ICARUS telemetry systems
University of Victoria
Victoria, British Columbia
$349,600 SKYA'ANAsat: Space-based Earth, oceans and atmosphere imaging CubeSat

Nine teams will be offered the unique opportunity to build and launch their own miniature satellite called a CubeSat. (Credit: CSA)

Collaboration with industry

Space exploration is a collaborative endeavour, and the contribution of different stakeholders is one of the pillars of a successful space mission no matter the scale. The CSA encourages organizations (industry, not-for-profit organizations, etc.) to contribute in different roles to the students' CubeSat missions.

To enable this collaboration, the CSA invites organizations interested in supporting the CUBICS teams to provide the following information to name of the organization, services and/or goods provided, website, nature of support the organization is interested in offering to the teams, name and email address of a contact point.

We will be pleased to build a database and share it with the CUBICS teams, who are fully responsible for designing, building, testing and operating their CubeSat.

Please note that the CSA does not endorse any organization and will not be responsible for the information provided by the organizations to the CUBICS teams.

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