This Rover project was designed and built from carbon fibre to explore the Mars terrain. It features a custom software, named RoboCluster, which is used to detect images, control motors, and read data from various sensors.
He was also involved in developing the RADSAT-SK, a research cube-satellite. Called a CubeSat, the RADSAT-SK is designed to be cheaper and smaller— it’s the size of a Rubik’s Cube—yet function as efficiently as a regular satellite. Working collaboratively alongside the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the USST is revolutionizing access to space by creating this research satellite.
The RADSAT-SK is a student-led project with over 50 students with various backgrounds who design, build, research, conduct experiments, and oversee the satellite project. After receiving a grant from the CSA in 2018, the project is now 50% complete, and has received $285,800 in funding, which is halfway to their funding target. By late 2021, the RADSAT-SK is projected to launch to orbit and become Saskatchewan’s first space satellite.
“Honestly, it was so much fun to work with the team and do our best showcasing our project,” said Kostyk, as the USST had the opportunity to fly to Victoria and present the RADSAT-SK for a design review with the Canadian Space Agency.
“By joining the USST, I realized there are tasks such as software electronics that I never thought I would be interested in and work with even though I had no previous experience. I love it because I'm able work on a variety of projects, honing my skills further,” said Kostyk.
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