First satellite built in Atlantic Canada launched into space
The LORIS satellite was launched into space on December 29.
After more than four years of work, a tiny satellite made by students from the Dalhousie Space Systems Lab of Halifax was launched into space.
LORIS, a low-orbit reconnaissance satellite, was sent into orbit by NASA in Houston on Thursday, becoming the first satellite built in Atlantic Canada to reach space.
C was one of many satellites that were part of the Canadian CubeSat Initiative and the first produced in Atlantic Canada.
LORIS, which weighs 3.2 kilos, was will elevate 400 km from Earth and circumnavigate it in 90 minutes.
“It was just an amazing moment to see our work actually put into orbit. »
— Arad Gharagozli, LORIS Satellite Project Manager
It's a feeling I can't quite describe. There's nothing quite like it to be perfectly honest because, I mean, not many people get to experience it.
The main purpose of LORIS will be to test how different technologies like computers work in space. The satellite is also equipped with cameras to take aerial images of Earth and Halifax in particular.
Over 300 students with different types of expertise worked on the device which is barely bigger than a shoebox, Arad Gharagozli revealed.
He adds that they built computers and other equipment themselves before sending the device to NASA.
The LORIS satellite is barely bigger than a box of shoes and weighs 3.2 kilos.
These are things that traditionally aren't part of the industry here in Nova Scotia, or here in Atlantic Canada, he explained.
Many of these technologies are now in space. Part of LORIS' mission is to validate these designs and developments. We hope to be able to improve these designs later.
Arad Gharagozli, LORIS satellite project manager.
Arad Gharagozli continues that the students were not paid for their work. For many of them, the satellite was a passion project that they finally got to see flying in the sky.
This is not an easy project. We had a lot of dedicated people who really spent their weekends and evenings working on this.
As he watched the satellite blast off into space , Arad Gharagozli says that's when he started thinking about how the job just started.
LORIS will fly over Halifax three or four times a day in orbit around the planet.
Arad Gharagozli and his team will try to communicate with the satellite and gather information.
They didn't have much luck immediately after launch, however. The team stayed up for hours, making several unsuccessful attempts to contact LORIS.
The next phase is to try to solve the problems, to see where the problems are or how we can solve them, he notes.
Is there a problem on the ground? Is there a problem with this spacecraft? Thus, we hope to be able to resolve some of these issues over the next three to four days and then establish clear contact with the satellite.
If all goes well, Arad Gharagozli and his team plan to start analyzing the information the satellite sends them and even take pictures of Halifax from space.
Based on a report by < /em>CBC