CAN-RGX Student Handbook now available!

So you’ve submitted your Letter of Intent and wondering about the next step? Take a look at our competition handbook for students! You will find detailed instructions for submitting your project proposal, including an outline of our judging criteria which we will use to select the four winning teams. You will also find information about what to expect if your team is selected. As a reminder, the deadline for proposals is November 30th 2016!

Download the CAN-RGX Student Handbook

CAN-RGX Deadline Extension! – October 7th 2016, 11:59PM EDT

Due to a large number of requests, we have extended the deadline for Letter of Intent submissions for the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX)!

Please submit your Letter of Intent before October 7th 2016, 11:59pm EDT!

Check out the competition page  to find our template document, details on requirements and an FAQ!

For those who have already applied, we will be releasing the Student Handbook for the competition on Tuesday, October 4th. This document will include details on submitting your Proposal (due November 30th) as well as details on required milestones for selected teams. Here’s a sneak preview.


CAN-RGX Info Session – Sept 19


If you are applying to the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge and have unanswered questions about the application process, requirements, qualifications, deadlines, project ideas, or anything else related to the competition, join us for our free information session!

Come and meet CAN-RGX organizing staff at the University of Toronto or stream the event remotely through Facebook Live!

  • Date: September 19th 2016
  • Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Location:
    • McLennan Physical Laboratories, room 102, 255 Huron Street, Toronto, ON
    • Facebook Live


Edit: If you missed our information session or want to see our slides, here they are!


Call for Proposals: Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge

Have you ever wanted to do research in space and experience microgravity? Here’s a chance for you to get a glimpse of just that.

SEDS-Canada will be selecting 4 university teams to design, build and fly a scientific microgravity experiment on board a parabolic aircraft in late summer 2017. Student teams will be challenged to design experiments for research in fields such as life science and fluid mechanics. Each team can select one or two members to fly on board the aircraft for 1 hour as ‘Mission Specialists’ and run the experiments. This is a unique opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to conduct research in an environment that is unparalleled here on Earth.

We are calling for university students to submit a Letter of Intent by September 30, followed by a detailed proposal due on November 30. For more information visit our competition page.


Come to Ascension 2016, Canada’s National Space Conference for Students

We are excited to announce that our 2nd annual national conference will be hosted by the Space Society of London, our chapter at the University of Western Ontario, on March 5th and 6th.

Our conference is packed with talks and opportunities for students to interact with peers and speakers. The final rounds of our Young Space Entrepreneurs competition and SkyPixels Astrophotography competition will take place on Saturday, so that the winners can be announced at our Awards Banquet.

Sunday will include the Young Space Leaders Roundtable, an informal discussion between students and guests from industry and academia, and elections for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors as students look to the future and get energized to flourish in the year ahead.

Students can register for $20 to attend the conference on Saturday and Sunday, while non-students can register for $40. These rates will go up to $30 and $60 on February 27, so register soon! Registration for the Awards Banquet is separate and will be available soon.

Visit our conference website for more information on the agenda and current speakers:

Fundraiser on IndieGoGo/Generosity – Helps us Empower Students in Space


This past year has seen the revival of SEDS in Canada and a new coalition of student space enthusiasts. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but share a common vision: to see humanity expand into space for the betterment of all mankind.


Vision can only get you so far however. We are hard at work creating opportunities and resources that can benefit our student members. This year, we have launched our first annual Young Space Entrepreneurs (Y-SpacE) competition, designed to give students a chance to develop business plans for their ideas and pitch them to expert judges in the field. In progress is planning for our first annual astrophotography competition, SkyPixels.

March 14, 2015 marked our inaugural conference at the University of Toronto. In 2016, Ascension will be hosted by the Space Society of London at the University of Western Ontario. We expect to attract over 50 students from all over Canada, who will be able to network with each other, as well as with our guest speakers from industry, academia and government.

Ascension is also the ideal venue for hosting our annual competitions, SkyPixels and Y-SpacE. We also plan on organizing a competitive research poster session and the Young Space Leaders Roundtable, where student leaders from various clubs can share their ideas, advice and aspirations in an informal setting, with brief mentoring from veterans in the space community.

A Unified Voice

We are forming a unified network of pro-space student chapters across Canada to connect students who are passionate about space, and to support their objectives by providing opportunities and resources which have been lacking in recent years. Our membership is growing and already consists of several vibrant chapters at the University of Toronto, McGill University, York University, the University of Guelph, the University of Western Ontario, Lisgar Collegiate Institute and the University of Victoria.


We are also engaging the general public and the media in a discussion about why a strong Canadian space program is important and what the benefits of investing in Canada’s space program are. For example, in the 2015 federal election, SEDS-Canada helped raise the profile of the Canadian space sector by releasing weekly articles Canada’s rich history as a space-faring nation, and about space exploration in general. Our message on “Why Space Matters” was endorsed by 11 student groups from Vancouver to Montreal, and was featured in the Ottawa Citizen.


Our goals are ambitious, and our passion and commitment are only part of the puzzle, but our success depends on the support of passionate individuals like you and the wider community. We need your help to ensure that the next generation of space industry leaders have the opportunities they need to get their careers off the launchpad. If you wish to make a contribution to our cause, check out our fundraiser on Generosity, a fundraising platform for non-profits powered by IndieGoGo.