The New (and Improved!) UBC Orbit

It’s the start of a new school year and the start of yet another CDSC! This year, UBC Orbit has gone through a massive change in members as well as executives and we have amazing (and very different) things planned.

First things first, let’s meet the new Executive team:

IMG_20140925_122014UBC Orbit Executives 2014 

Don’t we look lovely? We’re working hard to create an incredible experience for all new (and returning) members!

This year UBC Orbit’s main goal is recruitment. We are doing our best to get our name out to the UBC community and the Vancouver aerospace community. How do we plan to do this? By building a prototype satellite by December 2014. (Yes, that’s in 10 weeks!!!) Since our prototype satellite does not have to conform to CDSC specifications, we will be able to have more freedom while learning the specifics of how to build a satellite. This will not only provide members with actual experience, it will result in a tangible product that we can show off to the community! Once the prototype satellite has been built, the UBC Orbit team will be more experienced and ready to build a CDSC-worthy satellite.

Currently, more than half of UBC Orbit’s members are 1st year Engineering students. Because they have yet to dive into their “real” engineering studies, many are not familiar with the tools that UBC Orbit will be using in order to construct the prototype. Is that a problem for us? NOPE. For the first few weeks, the first years are being taught how to use SolidWorks as well as some simple arduino and C programming skills!

DSC_0043First Year Students learning about arduino in a tutorial

Remember, we welcome all kinds of commitment, whether it be large or small. If you or a friend would like to join, just pop by Hebb 10 on Saturdays at 10:30 am and see what we’re up to. UBC Orbit is off to a great start this year with lots of energy from all the new members and we’re going to keep it that way and create an amazing prototype satellite in the process!

Shoot for the stars,

– The Orbit Team

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