Canadian Space Agency Awards Micro-mission Cluster Pilots Project to SFL
A grant agreement was signed today that is aligned with and supports the mandate of SFL at the Microsatellite Science and Technology Centre (MSTC) to facilitate new payload technology development and new micro-mission conceptualization across Canada. The mandate of the MSTC, a $10M national center funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, is to act as a national networking hub for scientists and engineering researchers who envision collaboration to develop new miniature instruments and mission concepts that could harness advances in nanosatellite and microsatellite technology developed at SFL. The Micro-mission Cluster Pilots project involves some of the principal users and collaborators of the MSTC, including the University of New Brunswick, the University of Winnipeg, York University, and the University of Toronto’s Electromagnetics Group. The goal of the project is to develop new instruments and mission concepts for lunar and interplanetary missions involving geophysical investigations, soil moisture measurements from Earth orbit, and next generation antenna development for higher data volume missions.