Who We Are

UVSDs mandate is to
Provide hands-on skills to students.
Develop cutting edge satellites.
Inspire the next generation of thinkers, tinkerers, and doers.

The University of Victoria Satellite Design Team (UVSD) is a collective of undergraduate and graduate students from the faculties of Engineering, Social Sciences, and Commerce who are dedicated to the development of cutting edge satellites, and giving students the hands-on experience they need to be competitive in todays aerospace industry.

Current Projects

Project Homathko

Project Homathko cube-satellite strives to carry a LASER payload for the Airborne Laser for Telescopic Atmospheric Interference Reduction (ALTAIR) project. LASERs will be fired in space to measure atmospheric interference. Ground telescopes would use the data collected by Homathko to compensate the distortions caused by the atmosphere. The achievement would allow telescopes to view the celestial objects more clearly. Thus advancing technological innovation in astronomy and aerospace engineering.


ORCAASat (Optical and Radio Calibration of Atmospheric Attenuation CubeSat) is a multi-payload, collaborative effort between teams at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal.

Like Homathko, ORCAASat will be used to calibrate ground based star photometers and observatories for atmospheric and instrumental attenuation, additionally, its radio source will be used to calibrate the CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) radio observatory.

Past Projects


EcoSat III’s primary payload was a hyperspectral camera intended to provide open source hyperspectral images of Canada at 150m spatial resolution. These images could be used to identify various geological or natural features such as deforestation due to pine beetles, receding glaciers, water pollution and forest fires. EcoSat III was designed to have a downlink capability of 10 Mbit/s, had the system been deployed, this would have been a first for cube satellites.


The main goal of EcoSat II was to demonstrate that diamagnetic materials could be used in the control systems of small space craft. EcoSat II’s secondary goal was to test the feasibility of pyrolytic graphite as a lightweight radiation shield for small satellites. EcoSat II won first place in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, securing a launch into orbit but has so far not been launched.


Contact Us

Engineering Lab Wing Room A221
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC, Canada
V8W 3P6