EIDEL is industrial partner to CaNoSat 10 year student satellite program

EIDEL has as the only industrial partner signed the MoU to support the 10-year student satellite program called CaNoSat. EIDEL's contribution into the CaNoSat program will to support the students with quality assurance, design guidance, master thesis, and prototype technology for CubeSat and identify possible commercialization.

"This opportunity we have to contribute in the CaNoSat program is for us an continuation of our already successful cooperation with the University of Oslo (UiO) and our experience with students in the Starburst program. The students will also challenge us and our way of thinking, helping us to evolve into an even better company. We can help students by identifying challenges and requirements they will face outside the academics.

We are really looking forward to start working the involved universities and build a long term partnership with them both here in Norway and Canada," says Managing Director EIDEL, Truls O Andersen.

A new 10-year student satellite program and international master's degree between Norway and Canada

CaNoSat is a 10-year student satellite program and international master's degree between Norway and Canada, which has arisen in the wake of a similar program for student rockets - CaNoRock.

The bilateral working group behind Canada-Norway Student Sounding Rocket (CaNoRock), officially opened in 2011, is now working on establishing a new program in the CaNoRock family - CaNoSat. This will complement the CaNoRock recruitment program, which with its two annual student rockets since 2009, has contributed to nearly 300 Norwegian and Canadian students at the Andøya Space Center for a week's rocket construction, as well as courses in physics, mechanics and electronics.

A new exciting master's degree program

283 students from Norway, Canada, Switzerland and France have participated in CaNoRock at the Andøya Space Center since 2009. Source:

CaNoRock has also provided a so-called "PhD-school", CaNoRock STEP, or to say it in a more popular way. - a doctorate school, where the goal is bilateral meetings in Norway and Canada, and the desired result is one or more scientific articles completed during such a meeting. CaNoRock STEP is funded with NOK 2 million by the Norwegian government organization SiU - Center for Internationalization of Education.

With CaNoSat, 5 satellites each use 2 years from start-up to launch before we replace the students and start with a new satellite. Recruitment to the satellite program can be from CaNoRock and other student sources. The CaNoSat program also includes a new Master's degree program, where students after two years (1 satellite) earn 60 credits awarded by the University of Oslo and University of Calgary, Canada.

The launch of the 14th CaNoRock rocket

CaNoRock was opened at the Andøya Space Center (ASC) in January 2011 by the then Canadian ambassador, John Hannaford. Some time ago, ASC was contacted by the present Canadian ambassador, Artur Wilczynski, who wanted to be present during the launch of the CaNoRock 14. The fourteenth student missile in the CaNoRock program.

The agreed memorandum, the English Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), is a type of agreement that reflects a common understanding. The CaNoSat working group therefore used the opportunity to formalize CaNoSat cooperation through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the following institutions: University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Saskatchewan, University of Oslo, University of Bergen, University of Tromsø, The University of Norway (UiT), The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), The University Center in Svalbard (UNIS), Eidsvoll Electronics - EIDEL, Andøya Space Center (ASC) and Norwegian Center for Space-related Education (NAROM).

The MoU was signed at the Andøya Space Center on October 19, 2017, during a ceremony with participation from the management of the universities and companies involved, as well as the Canadian ambassador to Norway.

Launch of CaNoSat-1 by 2020

Now, work is starting to find funding in Norway and Canada for CaNoSat-1, which has official project launch in January 2018, and is scheduled to launch in 2020. If the CaNoSat project is as succsessfull as hoped the CaNoSat-2 may be launched from Andøya.

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