The Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society (CSDCMS) offers space-themed competitions which advance knowledge and capability in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Management) for Canadian university and secondary school students.


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CanSat Design Challenge
for Secondary Schools

Summer, 2021: A new CanSat competition is coming in September!

A CanSat is a small simplified satellite, which is the size of a soft-drink can. The challenge is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite - such as power, sensors, and a communications system - into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched by a rocket (or dropped by airplane or drone) to an altitude of approximately one kilometre. Then its mission begins. This involves carrying out a scientific experiment and/or a technology demonstration, achieving a safe landing, and analysing the data collected.

Having successfully completed the inaugural offering this past June, we hope to attract many more schools from across the country to participate in the next challenge which will begin this September. If you are interested in participating, please contact us!


CubeSat Design Challenge
for Universities

Start preparing for a new CSDC, beginning this September (2021)!

The CubeSat Design Challenge is a competition for teams of university and college students to design and build a 3U CubeSat, a fully-operational satellite which is about the size of a 2 litre carton of milk.

The competition proceeds in a similar manner to an industry-led space mission, and includes hands-on workshops given by space industry experts. The competition concludes with a simulated launch vibration test, and we hope to be able to launch the winning team's satellite into orbit to carry out its science mission.

With universities planning on resuming "normal" on-campus classes and activities in September, we are planning on beginning a new round of the CubeSat Design Challenge. Contact us, or stay tuned, for more information.