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 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.




2018 - Secured an orbital launch in Q3 2020 onboard the IRSO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
2017 - Poster presentation at NASA AAQ in Huntsville, AL, USA
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, design, and development
2014-16 - HERON Astrobiology CubeSat developed and constructed.

Upcoming Competitions and events

Canadian Satellite Design Challenge 2018
Feb 2019: Qualification Testing - Vibe and Environmental Testing at DFL
Q3 2020, SPACEBOUND: First fully student-funded Satellite Launch in Canada onboard ISRO PSLV




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

Danylo Varshavsky
Structures Lead

Eric van Velzen
Thermal Control Lead

Mitchell Au
Electrical Power Systems Lead


Jaden Reimer
Business & Outreach Co-lead

Siddharth Mahendraker
Ground Station Lead

Dhanyaa Sudarsan
On-Board Computer Lead

Leads not pictured:


Gabe Sher
Communications Lead

Thomas Leung
Attitude Det. & Control Lead

Mubtaseem Zaman
Business Development Co-Lead

This page was last updated 2018-10-01