Dalhousie Space Systems Lab
DSS undertakes extraordinary challenges in the space sector and aims to be Atlantic Canada’s leading developer of spacecraft systems and components for future missions and satellite operations management.
Our youngest engineering team-member Silas Eastwood, makes headlines11 Jun , 2021
SPOTLIGHT: Maxwell Power, Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS)31 May , 2021
SPOTLIGHT: Nicholas Popp – Mechanical Go-To Engineer26 Apr , 2021
SPOTLIGHT: Kenzie Timmons, Mechanical Subsystem30 Mar , 2021
LORIS Mission Team19 Oct , 2020
The spacecraft division of the DSS is in charge of designing and building the satellites that go into orbit. Responsible for all aspects of hardware and software development, the spacecraft division is also in charge of mission planning before the satellites are built, operation of the satellite during orbit, and management of data during and after mission completion. From the first component made, to ensuring the satellite burns up in orbit upon completion of its mission, the spacecraft division is in charge of various crucial tasks.
The rocketry division’s goal is to research and understand how rocket flights work. Achieved by collecting data form test launches, the DSS using this information for future development and launches of rockets. They develop rocket shells, test payloads, electronic systems and propulsion systems. Understanding this complex flight data is key when designing and developing rockets for launch.
Mars Analog Division
Developing self-sufficient rovers for Mars missions with the Canadian Space Agency is the main goal of the Mars analog division. Currently, the division is focusing on the software that controls the rover. The division’s primary objective is to make a rover fully autonomous, meaning it can make decisions independently. In the future, the Mars analog division plans to build rovers from the ground up
DSS is a team built by students and run by students with the support of the faculty of engineering at Dalhousie University. Our diverse team of engineers and scientists is always seeking to undertake the extraordinary challenges, in hope to put Nova Scotia & Canada on the world’s leading space industry map.