CSDC 2012-2014 Final Results
In the last week of may 2014, PolyOrbite went to the David Florida Laboratory for the last evaluation in the competition, which would reveal which teams were going to be the best. We had to go through vibration tests and a final review of the satellite with the judges we had met at the Critical Design Review. On Thursday night was the announcement regarding the ranking of the teams.
For our very first edition at this competition, we are very proud to say that PolyOrbite accomplished 3rd place over the 10 canadian participating teams. Even more so when we realise that we are the only new participating school in the top 5 universities, who had over four years of experience for some. The 2nd team is SpaceConcordia, from our neigbhour university who was very supportive of us and who truly deserved this position. The winners of this Second edition of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge are the students from the University of Victoria. Congratulations!
We are looking forward for the next edition of the competition which begins this fall!
Solar Panel Workshop and Critical Design Review
In the main events of September’s last week, our members had the opportunity to participate to the Solar Panel Workshop (SPW), held at MDA, and to present the Critical Design Review (CDR) in front of five very qualified judges, as requested by the competition.
The first two days of the week were used for the SPW, where two members of PolyOrbite, Vincent Bougie and Mathieu Lalonde, had the chance to test their soldering abilities by manually assembling spaceproof solar panels while considerably increasing their amount of knowledge in that area. ‘’We had two days to practice what is usually mastered in three to six months in the space industry. We have seldom been that much concentrated.’’ both our members said.
They also enhanced their general understanding of satellite design, assembly and testing after a tour within MDA’s facilities. Senior satellite designer Maarten Meerman came down from Vancouver on his own time to lead the workshop with his valuable knowledge and expertise. On place, our PolyOrbite representatives also had the opportunity to meet the other Canadian university teams’ members participating to the competition, from the University of British Columbia to the Concordia University.
As for the CDR presentation on Thursday the 26th of September, Anthony Buffet, Martin Caron and Olivier Comtois were presenting the Critical Design Review of the nanosatellite in front of five judges heavily specialized in the space industry, including the competition president Mr. Larry Reeves. Our two members in China, accompanied by our associates from the University of Bologna were also participating by videoconference. This crucial phase in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) was decisive regarding PolyOrbite’s allowance to pursue the competition. Even though the stress before and during the presentation were nearly unbearable for our members, the judges’ constant questioning was very enlightening and most of all, constructive. One week later, the positive result of the CDR was made public in a certified mail, stating that PolyOrbite officially had passed the CDR.
All the members were very pleased by this news, considering all the invested efforts. Although, the competition is far from the end and much work still has to be done. The construction and testing phases are the next ones to achieve.