Canadian Stratospheric Balloon Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-SBX)

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The Canadian Stratospheric Balloon Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-SBX) is a competition for Canadian post-secondary students to design and test a small scientific experiment to fly on board a High-Altitude Balloon provided by the Canadian Space Agency. The CAN-SBX program allows post-secondary students to develop different experiments in areas such as astrophysics, Earth atmosphere, Earth magnetic field, biology, remote sensing and technology demonstrations.

Any student team at a Canadian university or college may submit a proposal for their experiment, after careful consideration, 2 teams will be selected to fully design, build and fly their experiments. Three to Six students from each team will attend the 2019 launch campaign in Timmins, Ontario. The first iteration of the campaign in 2018 included two teams. Team HABOO (High Altitude Balloon Ozone Observer), a joint team from the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, looked at materials for solar geoengineering applications. Team MIIST (Multispectral Imager In-Situ Testing), from the University of Alberta’s AlbertaSat team, tested a multispectral imager that will be used on their next cube satellite, Ex Alta-2.

SEDS Canada strives to create a tangible student-led impact in space exploration and development. This is a unique opportunity allows students to develop skills in STEM and conduct research in an environment that is unparalleled here on Earth.

The 2018-2019 handbook is now available! PDF | Word 

We are still accepting proposals from those who have missed the Letter of Intent deadline.

Submit Letter of Intent by September 30th here!
Faculty Endorsement Letter

 

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Team MIIST (from AlbertaSat, University of Alberta) near the balloon launch site in Timmins.

Selection
Students must adhere to the following timeline and requirements to qualify for the selection process. All submissions should be made to cansbx@seds.ca.
• Sunday September 30th 2018, 11:59 p.m. (EST): Submit your Letter of Intent
• Friday November 2nd 2018, 11:59 p.m. (EST): Submit your Proposal
• Monday December 10th 2018: Teams will be notified of their selection and feedback will be provided by SMEs

Project Milestones
The following documents are required milestones for selected teams. These documents will be evaluated by SMEs throughout the experiment design phases. Specific instructions for submitting these documents can be found in their respective guideline sections of this handbook. All submissions should be made to cansbx@seds.ca.
• January 4th 2019, 11:59 p.m. (EST): Submit a short Progress Report (PR1)
• January 11th 2019: Progress Meeting
• February 22nd 2019: Preliminary Design Review (PDR) via teleconference (comments and feedback provided immediately)
• March 4th 2019, 11:59 PM (EST): Submit your PDR report
• March 11th 2019: Pelican cases delivered to teams
• April 1st 2019, 11:59 PM (EDT): Submit a short Progress Report (PR2)
• April 8th 2019: Progress Meeting
• May 1st 2019, 11:59 PM (EDT): Submit a short Progress Report (PR3)
• May 8th 2019: Progress Meeting
• June 21st 2019: Critical Design Review (CDR) via teleconference (comments and feedback provided immediately)
• July 1st 2019, 11:59 PM (EDT): Submit your CDR report
• August 5th 2019: Deliver experiment hardware
• August 12th – 30th 2019: Flight Campaign period (tentative)
• September 30th, 11:59 PM (EDT): Submit your Post-flight report

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