Main Project Contact:
Matthew Dares

Project Start Date:

Project End Date:

Project Name:
Northern SPIRIT: Canadian CubeSat Project

Project Team:
Matthew Dares
Patrick Gall
Annika Trimble
Kevin Wolsey

ARI is partnering with other insitutions to carry about 4 space missions using CubeSats. CubeSats are small satellites built as squares, about the size of a rubik's cube.

Annika Trimble; Patrick Gall; Inuvik; CubeSat; Robotics Club

There are four objectives for this project:

  1. Collaborate: Work with parnter institutions to send CubeSats to space to conduct research on our upper atmosphere.
  2. Northern Images: Art will be created and uploaded to CubeSats where the art will be displayed in front of a camera with Earth in the background.
  3. Northern Voices: Northern stories about space and sky will be uploaded to the CubeSat and transmitted to radios across Canada in Indigenous languages.
  4. Northern Games; Games will be created based on northern indigenous histories and culture. Radios in different parts of the Arctic will receive different transmissions. Listeners will have to work together to combine the messages and decode the final message.

Earth's upper atmosphere

Aurora College will be collaborating with partner insitutitions in the development of the CubeSat software, hardware, and four mission objectives. This collaboration will provide the opportunity for interested professionals and youth to participate on the design and construction of the CubeSat. 


Outreach planning June - August 2018
Mission concept review Sept 2018 - Feb 2019
School outreach Sept 2018 - May 2019
Preliminary design review March - June 2019
Detailed design July 2019 - July 2020
School Outreach Sept 2019 - May 2020
Outreach payload manufacture July - Dec 2020
Satellite integration and testing Jan - May 2021
Final readliness review June 2021
Satellite launch and operation Aug 2021 - Aug 2022

External Partners:
Yukon College
University of Alberta, AlbertaSat
Canadian Space Agency

Cubesat, Indigenous Games, Indigenous Stories, Space, Satellites, Northern Art

Start Date: 
Monday, January 1, 2018