The Space Systems Division develops small satellites (namely CubeSats) for space research. The team's strengths derive from its historic expertise in low-cost, modular engineering design and the development of space life science payloads. The team worked on the first iteration, HERON MK I, during 2014-16. The team decided to tackle another iteration in 2016 to improve upon the last design. 

With the support of University of Toronto (St. George) students, UTAT Space Systems was able to secure a student levy to fund the development and launch of their next iteration cubesat, HERON MK II. The team will be launching the 3U Cubesat onboard ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle in 2020.

Subsystems OVERVIEW

exploded structures view.PNG
 Integrated HERON astrobiology CubeSat3U at the 2016 CSDC, solar panels detached

Integrated HERON astrobiology CubeSat3U at the 2016 CSDC, solar panels detached

Upcoming Competitions

Canadian Satellite Design Challenge 2018

Projects & Achievements

2018: Secured an orbital launch in Q1 2020 onboard the IRSO's PSLV
2017-19: HERON Mk II (First fully student-funded Canadian CubeSat to be launched into space)
2017: Secured student levy across U of T campus for launch and development
2014-16: HERON Astrobiology CubeSat


Ali Haydaroglu
Division Lead

Dylan Vogel
Chief Systems Designer

Victor Nechita
Project Manager

Kimberly Ren
Microfluidics Lead

Avinash Mukkala
Payload Biology Lead

Bruno Almeida
Instrumentation Lead

Margaret Tkatchenko
Structures Lead

Joanna Hon
Thermal Control Lead

Mitchell Au
Power Systems Lead

Shrey Parikh
Command and Data Handling Lead

Siddharth Mahendraker
Ground Station Lead

Haley Tomassini-Blinn
Antenna Lead

Addy Bhatia
ADCS Advisor



This page was last updated June 18th, 2018