Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment
1 (CanX-1) is Canada's first nanosatellite. It was built
by graduate students of the Space Flight Laboratory (SFL)
at University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).
on June 30, 2003 at 14:15 UTC by Eurockot Launch Services
from Plesetsk, Russia, CanX-1 is one of the smallest satellites
ever built. It has a mass under 1 kg, fits in a 10 cm cube,
and operates with less than 2 W of power. Its mission is to
evaluate several novel technologies in space, including a low-cost
CMOS horizon sensor and star-tracker, active three-axis magnetic
stabilization, GPS-based position determination, and an ARM7
central computer. CanX-1 was integrated with other satellites in a common Stanford/CalPoly P-POD launch tube. This integrated system was known as the Nanosatellite Launch System 1 (NLS-1).