A team of undergraduate students from Concordia University are over the moon thanks to their win of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC). The announcement was made on September 29, at a gala event in Ottawa marking the 50th anniversary of the launch of Alouette, Canada's first communications satellite.
This Canada-wide competition challenged university students to create innovative satellite designs. After a grueling two-year process, the team from Space Concordia emerged victorious. They can now look forward to their grand prize: seeing their satellite launched into outer space.
Nick Sweet, leader of the Concordia team, is "ecstatic about winning the Challenge. Two years of hard work has paid off and I am so incredibly proud of my team and so happy to have been part of this competition."
Concordia University president Alan Shepard is thrilled, noting "this is a fine example of the astounding work our students are engaged in. It takes them far beyond the lab or the classroom."
Robin Drew, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science agrees. "The Faculty was very supportive of this initiative, and the team's mentor, Scott Gleason, was a source of inspiration to these future engineers."