In May of 2018, DOSS was awarded 200,000 CAD by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to design and build a 2U cubesat, to pursue space related research topics. LORIS is a 1st generation CubeSat, with multispectral imagery and high frequency uplink/downlink capabilities, being built by DOSS.
LORIS is scheduled for launch by 2021. Upon completion, LORIS will be injected into its orbit, from the International Space Station (ISS).
Primary Mission Objectives
• Developing the following, scalable flight instruments to be used in future flights by DOSS:
- • Attitude Control and Determination System (ACDS)
- • Power control and distribution system
- • RF Communication System
- • Manufacturing a light, high-strength chassis using Additive Manufacturing technology that could be used in future flights
• Developing the following test-beds for future missions
- • Attitude Control and Determination System
- • A thermal vacuum chamber to test a electrical and mechanical components
- • Developing a flight operating system simulation software to be used for future flights (In progress now by MUN team)
- • Develop an Earth Station base in Nova Scotia to be used in future missions
Secondary Mission Objectives
- • Using multi-spectrum imaging sensors, develop a full profile of the Nova Scotia peninsula and the surrounding waters. The results will be used to study, develop and launch higher resolution LEO systems to monitor shoreline retraction & ocean biological activities.
- • Using NIR sensors (instead of TIR), and machine learning to study the effectiveness of orbital fire detection at LEO altitude. The results will be used to potentially build & launch higher resolution TIR satellites for reliable grid operation in orbit.