End of Year Update and Highlight Reel

Hello again everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season; here are some updates to how UBC Orbit is doing ūüôā

Our Satellite:

The semester has gone by really fast and it’s exam season already (yikes). Good news is that Orbit reached our goal for this semester! We managed to build our first proto-sat (pictured below) and it’s looking really spiffy. We like to call it Orbit-1.

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Orbit-1; UBC Orbit’s first proto-sat

Although not fully functional (yet) and definitely not space-ready, Orbit-1¬†served as an amazing learning experience for many of Orbit’s members. Not only did we learn the technical skills required to achieve such a feat, we were able to build friendships and worked as a team to get things done.

Since Orbit-1 is the first iteration of proto-sats, Orbit is going to continue growing and learning for the future.

Outreach:

On November 29, 2014, UBC Orbit attended the UBC Engineering Open House and showed off our newly-built proto-sat. We presented our story, our mission and our progress to many eager high school students in the hopes that it will peak their interests! Many people came to hear what we had to say and it was great publicity for us as well.

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Our table at the Engineering Open House on November 29, 2014

End of Year Highlight Reel

We’ve come a long way since the start of semester so it’s time to get a little nostalgic!

September 2, 2014: It all started with just two members of Orbit who stood in the rain to recruit members on Imagine Day (Shout out to Hyun and Angela Cho for your hard work)

September 16, 2014: Dr. Michelson invited members of Orbit to attend the Vehicular Technology Conference where they got to meet D. Dean Brickerd, JR who is the Vice Presidnt of Technical Services in ORBCOMM!

October 1 – 4, 2014: 4 Members of Orbit went to the International Astronautical Conference in Toronto

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The International Astronautical Conference 2014

October 8, 2014: UBC Orbit UBC Outreach! We set up a table in Kaiser to show off all our cool stuff.

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Our table in Kaiser at UBC

October 10, 2014: Had a meeting with the head of IGEN department at UBC!

October 16, 2014: MDA Trip. A group of members went to check out the MDA office in Richmond where we learned a lot!

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A group of UBC Orbit members got to talk with the professionals at MDA Richmond

October 23, 2014: Got funding from MECH department at UBC!

October 29, 2014: Altium provided us a software sponsorship!!!

November 10, 2014: Received funding from the EECE department at UBC!

November 24, 2014: Visit to the TRIUMF Particle Accelerator Chamber

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Tour of TRIUMF

November 27, 2014: Intersteller Movie night (with free tickets sponsored by Microsoft)

November 27, 2014: Submitted a Project Management Plan application for the CSDC! As the first step of the competition, teams are required to submit a document of approximately 15 pages, explaining how to manage their satellite project for CSDC 2014 to 2016.

November 29, 2014: Engineering Open House Outreach and we reached more than 300 people!

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Inside of Orbit-1

Thanks to everyone’s great work, Orbit has grown tremendously in the past 4 months. We’re grateful to all the commitment that our members have shown and look forward to creating even more great things together in the near future!

Shoot for the stars everyone,

– UBC Orbit

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