WatSat

University of Waterloo Satellite Design Team

The University of Waterloo Satellite Team (WatSat) is a group of 30 passionate students serious about designing, building, and sending a satellite into space on a never-before-completed mission. WatSat consists of students with technical expertise across Systems Design, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, and beyond. Every two years WatSat, an affiliate of the Waterloo Space Society, enters the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC). This year, the purpose of the team is to create a 3U CubeSat from off-the-shelf components with the purpose of monitoring changes in the arctic sea-ice.

Subsystems

ADCS

The Attitude Determination and Control System is responsible for the orientation of the satellite in space.

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EPS

The Electrical Power System consists of 24 solar cells and two lithium ion batteries.

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CDH

Command and Data Handling consists of the on-board computer and all associated software.

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Payload

The GNSS reflectomery payload will measure acrtic sea ice extent and thickness.

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Business

The Business team handles sponsor relations, outreach and WatSat's finances

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Communications

Antennas on the satellite provide a communication link between the Earth and WatSat.

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Structures

We are designing and building a 3U CubeSat.

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Events

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