RASC Regular Meeting
TELUS World of Science – Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre
FREE and open to the public.
7:00 PM Pre-meeting mix and mingle.
7:30 PM Guest Speaker
AlbertaSat’s Ex-Alta 1 and 2 Missions and Vision for the Future
The Experimental Albertan #1 (Ex-Alta 1) is the pioneer cube satellite from the AlbertaSat team at the University of Alberta and will be the first built-in-Alberta satellite. This three-unit (3U) cube satellite is designed and assembled primarily by volunteer undergraduate students at the University of Alberta, with guidance from several researchers and faculty members. Once in orbit, Ex-Alta 1 will study space weather using a range of miniature scientific instruments. This flight will also be used to qualify the first model of a new suite of open source cube satellite subsystems being developed at the University of Alberta. Ex-Alta 1 is one of two Canadian satellites participating in the QB50 mission, coordinated by the Von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium. Ex-Alta 1 joined the QB50 mission in mid 2013 and is currently being integrated in the Netherlands with other satellites from the mission. On December 30th, 2016 Ex-Alta 1 will launch on the Antares VI rocket out of Wallops Virginia to be delivered to the International Space Station. In Q1 2017 Ex-Alta 1 will be deployed from the NanoRacks deployer on the ISS to begin its mission at an altitude of 400km.
Ex-Alta 2 began development in August of 2016. Ex-Alta 2 will be Alberta’s second satellite and Ex-Alta 1’s successor. Ex-Alta 2 is competing in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) against universities from all over Canada. Ex-Alta 2 will continue the open source trends created on Ex-Alta 1 by open sourcing multiple new components. Ex-Alta 2 will also act as a platform for technologies demonstrations and experiments developed in house at the University of Alberta.
The AlbertaSat team is also fostering many new initiatives to cultivate a space culture at the University of Alberta. Team members participate in high altitude balloon missions to get hands on experience and develop practical skills such as HAM radio licensing and Project Management skills. Additionally, in September we began working with a Mars Rover team who design and compete in competitions annually. AlbertaSat’s vision for the future includes growing an Albertan space industry, providing space mission engineering science courses at all education levels and Alberta becoming a leader in spacecraft engineering and science.
About Tyler Hrynyk
Tyler Hrynyk is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Alberta. He was the Deputy Project Manager on Experimental Albertan #1 (Ex-Alta #1), Alberta’s first satellite, and is now the Project Manager of Ex-Alta #2.Tyler was born and raised Edmonton. Hockey was a focal point in his life growing up, but after his third concussion, he realized that his hockey dreams needed to come to an end, and that his true future lay in engineering, specifically the space industry.
Tyler considers himself an explorer; he loves trying new things, going to new places, meeting new people and generally living his life different ways. This is why the prospect of space is so attractive to him; the idea of the unknown propels him to chase it with an extreme tenacity by any means necessary.