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ECOSat at Victoria techtoria 2016

A big thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth February 19th at Discover Techtoria 2016. We had a great time talking with everyone and having the opportunity to showcase what we have been passionately working on for the last few years. On display we had the engineering model of ECOSat-II along with some of the updated systems that will be going into the final version along with information of the upcoming ECOSat-III satellite mission, ECOSat-II’s mission and information about our club.

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ECOSat at the 2016 BC Tech Summit

On January 18th ECOSat had the pleasure to display our work at the 2016 BC Tech Summit ( Many amazing organizations where on display from industries including medical, entertainment, aerospace, and many others. It was great to see University of British Columbias team UBC orbit attending the summit along with us and promoting what Canadian Universities have been working on with micro satellites.

We would like to thank all the amazing people that stopped by to talk with us about ECOSat and the work of students at the University of Victoria. We are currently working on being able to once again display our work at the up coming Discover Techtoria ( in Victoria, so if you have a chance please stop by and say hello.


Information Session, January 2016


Thursday, January 14th, 2015, 17:00 – 18:30, ECS 108


Hello everyone,

The team will be hosting an information session on Thursday, January 14th in ECS 108 at 5 pm. The session is targeted towards any students (undergraduate or graduate) interested in aerospace who may be interesting in learning more about the project and joining the team.


Hello everyone, Welcome to the new website.

While content is still being developed for this website on our end, take a look through our past success and news articles in the media.




UVic ECOSat team’s winning satellite design could be the next big thing in space travel

July 4, 2014 – It looks like a tiny black office tower with an antenna, but when this unassuming shoebox-sized nano-satellite is launched 800 kilometres into space, the University of Victoria engineering students who built and designed it will be experimenting with what might just be the next big thing in space travel: diamagnetic propulsion….

UVic engineering team wins satellite design challenge – Design Engineering

June 25, 2014 – A team of University of Victoria engineering students have won the latest Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC), a nation-wide competition…

University of Victoria students’ tiny satellite aims for the stars – Times Colonist

June 24, 2014 – A tiny satellite about the size of a shoebox has earned a team of University of Victoria engineering students a prestigious national award that will help them launch their project — and their careers — into orbit…

University students design self-healing satellites – The Globe and Mail

March 3, 2014 – In one such “what if” scenario, engineering students at the University of Victoria will use their ECOsat Design Challenge entry to experiment with adjusting the altitude of a satellite using magnetic fields…

University of Victoria satellite builders in top spot – Victoria News

October 10, 2013 – A team of students from the University of Victoria are sitting pretty heading into next spring’s final round of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge…

Busy Days For Teams Participating in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge – Ottawa Citizen

October 18, 2013 – It was a very busy few days for teams participating in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge during the week of Sept. 23 to 26. In addition to the Solar Panel Workshop, more representatives from each team travelled to MDA in Montreal to give Critical Design Review presentations on their cubesat projects…

Students one step closer to sending satellite into orbit – Martlet

December 13, 2012 – After placing third in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC) on Sept. 29, UVic’s Experimental Cosmic Ray and Diamagnetic Scientific Satellite (ECOSat) team is now focused on the second iteration of the CSDC, in which the winning nanosatellite will be launched into orbit in the spring of 2014…

UVic enters the space race – Victoria News

November 02, 2013 – A blue glowing laser light draws the eye to mechanical gizmos and circuit boards, all crammed into a rectangular metal frame about the size of a loaf of bread.

Students aim to send satellite into space – The Ring

October 17, 2012 – The university’s extracurricular ECOSat team was one of three finalists out of 12 university teams competing in the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, which wrapped up Sept. 29 in Ottawa with the announcement of a second offering of the competition with similar parameters.

Radio Interview – CFAX 1070

Recentely the UVic ECOSat teams’ Chief Engineer Justin Curran was interviewed by CFAX 1070 radio host Frank Standford, about the teams recent 3rd place success in the inaugural offering of the CSDC. Below is the recorded radio interview.

UVic students’ work could land in space – Martlet

March 03, 2011 – Sending half a shoebox into space could allow a team of UVic students to accomplish some firsts in the Canadian space industry. But to do that, they need to beat out 12 other student groups from universities across Canada participating in the first-ever Canadian Satellite Design Challenge (CSDC).