The information will be sent to a data-processing centre in the Science B building on campus, and also uploaded to a University of Alberta space science data portal for Canadian and international researchers' use.
"Students both at the University of Calgary and other universities will have an excellent opportunity for hands-on experience in the spacecraft operation and data collection during the mission, as well as opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research projects," adds Yau.
CASSIOPE also carries a second payload called Cascade-CX. Developed by MDA, the payload will provide a 'proof of concept' design for a high volume store-and-forward data communications operational concept. Like a courier in the sky, Cascade's operational concept is to pick up very large digital data files and deliver them to almost any destination in the world.
The CASSIOPE Smallsat bus platform measures 1.8 metre by 1.4 metre and weighs 481 kilograms - small compared with larger commercial communications satellites. It will fly in a slightly elliptical orbit that goes back and forth, over the equator, from the north to the south Polar Regions.
"It's a small satellite, but there will be times you'll be able to see it with a telescope," especially under dark skies away from urban light pollution, Yau says.
Scientists hope to collect data from the e-POP instruments for at least two years, although most of CASSIOPE is designed to last about five years before its orbit decays and the satellite re-enters Earth's atmosphere and burns.
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide. MDA led the Canadian industrial team that included Magellan Aerospace of Winnipeg Manitoba, COM DEV International of Cambridge, Ontario and the University of Calgary, Alberta in the development of the CASSIOPE mission. The CASSIOPE mission was developed with the support of the Canadian Space Agency and Technology Partnerships Canada.
To view the footage of the satellite launch, visit: www.spacex.com
To meet some of the University's CASSIOPE mission team members, visit: https://vimeo.com/74478943
-- Andrew Yau, Project lead (On Main Campus) -- Available on request on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MDT)-- Greg Enno, Technical Lead (At Rothney Astrophysical Observatory) -- Available on request on Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. (MDT)
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