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

September, 2021: Now accepting registrations! Join the Challenge!

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 helicopter) to an altitude of approximately one kilometre, and collects data as it parachutes down.

The CanSat Design Challenge is starting a new offering in September, 2021, and we welcome high schools from across Canada to participate! Click on the "Learn More" button to visit the CanSat page and find out how you can start your journey into space!

Download the poster(s) to advertise at your school!

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CubeSat Design Challenge
for Universities

Sept. 2021: A new CSDC has begun!

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.

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