The ECOSat team is Uvic’s entry into the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, a challenge to 12 universities in Canada to design and build a 4kg, 3 litre satellite. With decreasing prices in technology and a wide availability of resources, students such as ourselves can build a working, space qualified satellite that can accomplish much of the functionality of a full sized satellite.
This exciting challenge is a prime example of miniaturization of technology and quickly became the highlight of our undergraduate careers.
Bio: We are Nigel Syrotuck and Justin Curran, the Project Manager and the Chief Engineer of the ECOSat project, respectively. Nigel is a Victoria native in his third year of Mechanical Engineering at UVic. Justin Curran, also an island native, entered third year electrical engineering after completing a technologist’s diploma at Camosun.