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Violet, the first satellite New Brunswicker, will soon be sent into space

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The UNB team with the Violet satellite during tests at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal.

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Engineering students from the Université de Moncton, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB) worked for five years to design New Brunswick's first satellite which will be sent into space next March.

The satellite, named Violet after the province's floral emblem, will be the last of 14 created as part of the pan-Canadian CubeSat project, which saw 15 educational institutions across the country create their own satellites with the help of the Canadian Space Agency.

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UNB teacher Brent Petersen (left) and students work on Violet, the first New Brunswick satellite to travel into space.

In total, approximately 300 students worked on this project in New Brunswick. The Université de Moncton developed the software, while NBCC and UNB took care of the manufacturing and testing.

The satellite was was delivered to the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal last week.

The takeoff from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station is planned for March 4. The object will then be put into orbit in May.

UNB mechanical engineering student Noah Lydon has dedicated his time to this project over the past seven months.

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It is a very small satellite, the size of a bread box. He will study the weather and the atmosphere, he explains.

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The Violet satellite will take flight to the International Space Station on March 4, 2024.

He adds that the students who worked on this device were nervous.< /p>

That's a lot of hours of work, especially at the ended when it came time to put all the pieces together.

A quote from UNB engineering student Noah Lydon

All this work paid off, as officials at the Canadian Space Agency were impressed by the work of the New Brunswick students. The checks were carried out without any problems.

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According to UNB electrical and computer engineering professor Brent Petersen, this project is beneficial for learning how to build systems that must be perfect to function well.

But it is also practical experience in relation to the laws and regulations that we must follow in engineering, he specifies. The students did a fantastic job with this Canadian CubeSat project.

Whether you are building a bridge, a robot or a satellite, there are many regulations to follow for safety, continues the UNB teacher. This project allowed students to experience all facets of a project, a situation they will encounter later in their careers, he says.

But the project is not finished, because we still need to collect data from the satellite.

This will be the role of Samiha Lubaba, a master's student at UNB in ​​electrical engineering.

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The International Space Station will launch the Violet satellite in May, along with the others from the Canadian CubeSat program.

She will operate an antenna from the control room and she should have 30 minutes of communication with the satellite each day.

We are increasingly facing extreme weather events, hence the idea to see if weather in space can predict some of these events, changes in temperature, etc. , she explains.

Due to the position of the Sun relative to the Earth, we expect that the satellite be functional for about three months before leaving its orbit and disintegrating in the atmosphere.

According to a report from Océane Doucet

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