Aurora nanosatellite en route to International Space Station


This week, Aurora College launched its nanosatellite AuroraSat into space. AuroraSat is expected to be in orbit for one year and has several missions: to display Northern artwork; transmit messages in Gwich’in and Inuvialuktun; and measure the Earth’s magnetic field. The nanosatellite was constructed by the Aurora Research Institute with support from high school students from the Inuvik Robotics Club. This project has been in development since 2018 as part of Northern SPIRIT, a consortium with the University of Alberta and Yukon University. “The Northern SPIRIT consortium has provided a unique opportunity to show that technical work, such as the construction of satellite payload, can be done in the North,” said Patrick Gall, Engineering & Technology Project Technician at Aurora.

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