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AuroraSat [Aurora College]

AuroraSat is a Canadian 2U-CubeSat designed by the Aurora College.

AuroraSat's mission is:

  • to broadcast Northern Canadian stories and games to amateur radio operators all over the world. A TTL imager will also be onboard with the goal of taking low resolution images of northern artistry to be displayed on a display with the Earth as its backdrop. The outreach missions are primarily concerned with broadening STEM outreach opportunities to include arts and languages. It will also include a digital fluxgate magnetometer for collecting ionosphere magnetic field data and a MIDI audio transmission setting for use in other outreach activities.
  • to promote and share indigenous culture across Canada through northern images, a project that will take northern art to space and photograph various pieces with Earth in the background.
  • to promote and share Indigenous culture across Canada through northern voices, as well as to engage amateur radio stations across the country with stories and messages in Indigenous languages. Create a globally interactive game for amateur radio operators to promote and share Indigenous culture across Canada. To decode a complete message, special recordings played only in specific geographic zones will necessitate global cooperation. Messages and content about northern Indigenous history and language will be developed.

It is part of a constellation consisting of three satellites: Ex-Alta 2, YukonSat, and AuroraSat. Together, they form a common mission referred to as the Northern SPIRIT Consortium.

The satellite is to be launched onboard of Dragon CRS-27 towards the ISS, from where it will be deployed.

Nation: Canada
Type / Application: Technology, education
Operator: Aurora College
Contractors: Aurora College
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 3 months
Mass: 4 kg
Orbit: 400 km × 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
AuroraSat 1998-067VD 15.03.2023 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-27, STP-H9, ARKSAT 1, LightCube, Ex-Alta 2, YukonSat, NEUDOSE


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