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UNB launching the province’s first satellite into orbit – Education News Canada

by ahnationtalk on November 30, 202341 Views

November 30, 2023

New Brunswick is one step closer to launching its first satellite into space, thanks to over five years of work from more than 270 students from the University of New Brunswick and elsewhere.

“They did a fantastic job with this Canadian CubeSat project,” said Brent Petersen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, who helped spearhead the initiative at UNB.

Named VIOLET after the provincial flower, the breadbox-sized satellite is a joint effort between UNB, the Université de Moncton and New Brunswick Community College. It’s a part of the larger Canadian CubeSat project, which saw 15 educational institutions across the country create their own satellites.

VIOLET had a brief moment in the sun on November 21, when it had public viewing at Head Hall before heading to the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal in preparation for a March launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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