Welcome to Ian Gosney's Personal Fundraising Page!

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Hello! Thank you for visiting my fundraising page. I invite you to support Alberta's first student run satellite project.

Back in October, a colleague of mine approached me about joining the Power System Design Team for this new satellite project and I was immediately enthused. Space is a new frontier for scientists and engineers in Alberta, and there is immense potential for new economies to take off with this satellite when it launches in 2015. Not only is this the beginning of many amazing opportunities for scientific research, but also a kick-starter to numerous space related entrepreneurial opportunities that will allow the youth of this province to pursue bigger dreams than they ever have before.

I greatly appreciate your support for the project. Please forward this on to your networks to raise awareness of this exciting initiative. Thank you!

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Help Launch Alberta's First Satellite & Send Your Name To Space!

AlbertaSat is a group of students and faculty at the University of Alberta that have come together to design, build, test, launch and operate satellites in the interest of supporting a commercial space industry, global space culture, global space expansionism and global space education. We are looking to raise the $60,000 launch fee for our first project, Alberta’s first cube satellite, the Experimental Albertan #1 Satellite, AKA Ex-Alta 1.

Ex-Alta 1, while being Alberta’s first cube satellite, will study the lower thermosphere, study the effects and mechanics of space weather and participate in an international swarm-satellite mission involving 50 Cube Satellites. While space weather is responsible for the beautiful and mysterious phenomenon known as the Northern Lights, it can also impact our economy, culture and infrastructure on a global basis and in extreme situations can result in damaging effects which may cost us billions of dollars. 
We have successfully reached our first milestone of $15,000, which is a down payment for the launch cost and will guarantee us a spot on the launch vehicle! We are currently pushing towards our half-way milestone of $30,000. Please join us in our vision of humanity's expansion into space and donate to our project!

Part of a National Effort in Space Exploration



AlbertaSat is part of a national competition known as the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. Put forth by Geocentrix Technologies Ltd., the purpose of the CSDC is to incentivise university students to build a 3U Cube Satellite with a customized payload to launch and operate. The CSDC has the participation of a number of universities and institutions from across Canada, and has become a major incentivisor for Canadian students pursuing space related fields of study.

Part of a Global Effort in Space Exploration

AlbertaSat is also part of a global effort to expand humanities reach into the universe through its participation in the QB50 Mission. Created in partnership with the European Space Commission, the QB50 project will launch a swarm of 50 Cube Satellites from a Cyclone 4 Rocket in early 2015. Each satellite in the swarm is designed, built and tested by different institutions from around the world with 3 common payloads geared towards collecting scientific data.

The swarm will be configured in a “string-of-pearls” pattern, working together to collect data across a much larger area than can normally be covered by conventional satellites. This highly collaborative effort marks a progressive move towards global space expansion, allowing institutions around the world to come together to study space like never before. For the first time ever, space exploration will no longer be limited to governments and large-scale corporations.

The creation of the Ex-Alta 1 satellite represents the first satellite to be designed and built at the University of Alberta and signifies the starting point in the development of an aerospace program at the university. Our long term goal is to create a thriving aerospace industry in Alberta to diversify the economy and build on an already firm foundation of technological, scientific and engineering expertise. From a global perspective, this adds another resource on which to utilize towards space expansion.



Why Build a Cube Satellite?


Classical satellites tend to cost tens to hundreds of millions of dollars to build, launch, test and operate, with each satellite and the interior components being largely customized. Traditional satellite designs also tend to be big and bulky due to the inclusion of old and outdated technology (it may take up to 10 years to qualify technology for space use) and the tendency to try and pack as many payloads on board the satellite as possible.

Ex-Alta 1 will be built and launched for less than $1 million. This is because of the miniaturized and standardized platform which allows for a much smaller (and lighter) platform that is modular and easier to assemble. In addition, the flying of single payloads on multiple platforms has the advantage of sampling over a larger area, reducing the customization of a single spacecraft (thus reducing cost) and ultimately lowering the spacecraft's weight.

Ex-Alta 1 - The Mission Objectives

Scientific
1. Study space weather by observing plasma flow interacting with the earths magnetosphere and lower ionosphere with data from the QB50 constellation.
2. Serve as a platform for the In Orbit Demonstration (IOD) of a digital fluxgate magnetometer designed at the University of Alberta.

Cultural & Educational
1. Provide a foundation on which to begin a space engineering, space science and/or cube satellite program at the University of Alberta.
2. Promote the development of an Albertan commercial space industry that can extend outside of the University to include other organizations.



The Importance of Studying Space Weather


Space weather can affect satellites in orbit, the radiation exposure of personnel in airplanes, power infrastructure, pipeline infrastructure, and life on Earth in general. Space weather can also have drastic effects on the world, a good example of which is the Carrington Event. The Carrington Event is the name of a geomagnetic storm during the year 1859 in which a solar flare (coronal mass ejection) hit Earth's magnetosphere causing the largest known solar storm in recorded history.

As a result of the storm, telegraph lines (the primary means of communication at the time) across Europe and North America failed, in some cases electrocuting telegraph operators. In March 1989 a much smaller geomagnetic storm knocked the hydro Quebec electrical grid offline for 9 hours and caused intermittent problems in the GOES weather satellite, NASA TDRS-1 communication satellites, and even in the Space Shuttle Discovery.

If a storm the size of a Carrington Event were to happen today, it would likely have devastating effects on our modern technological society. Based on a joint study completed by researchers at Lloyd's of London and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) in the United States, the resulting damage is estimated to be more than $2.6 Trillion in Europe and North America alone. Studying space weather, specifically how the magnetic field shields the earth from solar flares, will allow us to improve our understanding of solar storms, and develop better means to protect against them.

Help us Lift Off Alberta!

This is an amazing opportunity for all of us to participate in near-space exploration, and we want to share the opportunity with you. Anyone who donates will receive a tangible part of the mission as a memento, and will be able to point to sky and say “I helped make that possible.” We hope you'll join us as we Lift Off Alberta!

Please note: due to government regulations regarding considerations for gifts, we can only provide the rewards listed if we raise all the funds required to build and launch the satellite. All monetary amounts are provided as donations to AlbertaSat and the Lift Off Alberta project. A donation to the project does not guarantee the successful launch or flight of the Ex-Alta 1 Cube Satellite. 

End of campaign thank you! 

  Published on Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 at 03:33 PM (MDT)
On behalf of the entire AlbertaSat team we would like to extend thank you's to all of our supporters and everyone who made this happen! $35,000.00 is an amazing amount of money! We can now afford to put a 25% down payment on our launch fee and have a hefty portion of the next 75% as a result of this campaign!

Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey as we work towards Alberta's first satellite. We will keep providing updates concerning our progress on the satellite and keep everyone in the loop!

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. This crowd funding campaign was an overwhelming success!


Interview with Corbin Cooper 

  Published on Saturday, Mar. 15, 2014 at 06:04 PM (MDT)


Earlier this week, AlbertaSat had the opportunity to catch up with second year engineering student Corbin Cooper to ask him about his involvement with the Ex-Alta #1 project. Read on to find out more about Corbin, and his thoughts on the future of AlbertaSat and space exploration in Alberta!

AlbertaSat: Hi Corbin! Tell us a bit about yourself!

Corbin: Hi, my name is Corbin Cooper, and I'm in my second year in the faculty of engineering with a specialization in mechanical engineering. I decided to pursue a degree in engineering because my dream is to one day become an astronaut and travel into space!

AlbertaSat: Why did you first decide to join the AlbertaSat program?

Corbin: I read about AlbertSat in the engineering students handbook and was immediately interested in getting involved with the program! In particular, I thought that the mission's focus on space systems engineering would be a great place for me to start on my path to the stars!

AlbertaSat: Where do you see the future of space exploration in the next 5 years?

Corbin: People are naturally curious, and constantly on the search for more knowledge! I think that space exploration is going to see a large leap in the next 5 years with governments, institutions, and commercial industry playing a significant role in the development of the sector!

Stay tuned for more interviews with other members of the AlbertaSat team, and be sure to keep sharing the campaign page across your networks! 



We've Reached $20,000 in Funding! 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2014 at 03:27 PM (MDT)


On behalf of the entire AlbertaSat team, we're incredibly excited to announce that we've reached $20,000 in funding—that's two thirds of our total goal! We can't believe the amount of support that we've received within the community, both here at the university and abroad! 

With only 9 days left in the campaign, we're now less than $10,000 away from reaching our total funding goal! Thank you so much to everyone who has been following the campaign, and has supported us by sending out emails to their friends, families, and colleagues!

The success that we've seen so far wouldn't be possible without all of your hard work and support! Stay tuned for more updates about how you can get involved in the coming days!

The AlbertaSat Team




Featured Article in The Gateway 

  Published on Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:02 PM (MDT)
AlbertaSat's own Collin Cupido and Ian Mann caught up with The Gateway this week to talk about our campaign and the astounding level of support we've received thus far! Take a read below to see their thoughts on where the campaign is headed, and what it means for space exploration here at the University of Alberta!

http://thegatewayonline.ca/article/view/satellites_and_stuff

630 Ched Interview with Ian Mann 

  Published on Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 at 10:33 PM (MDT)
AlbertaSat Faculty Advisor Ian Mann had the opportunity to stop by Edmonton based radio station 630Ched earlier this week to talk about our crowd funding campaign! Listen below to hear his thoughts on the future or space exploration, and what the Ex-Alta 1 project means for students here at the University of Alberta!

http://www.ualberta.ca/~akale/albertasat/IRM_CHED630.mp3

AlbertaSat in the News! 

  Published on Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 at 12:20 AM (MDT)
Did you catch AlbertaSat's feature in yesterday's edition of the Edmonton Sun? Check out the article below to learn more about our first ever crowd funding campaign, and what it means for students and faculty here at the University of Alberta!

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2014/03/03/university-of-alberta-hopes-satellite-plan-takes-off

Interview on CBC Radio Active 

  Published on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 at 05:31 PM (MDT)
Earlier last week, AlbertaSat's own Ian Mann had the opportunity to speak about our first crowd funding project on Radio Active! Take a listen below as Ian shares his thoughts on the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, space exploration/utilization, and student involvement in space research!

http://www.ualberta.ca/~akale/albertasat/IRM_RadioActive.mp3

We're Increasing our Funding Goal! 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at 07:44 PM (MDT)


It's been an exciting week here at the University of Alberta with the official launch of our first ever crowd funding campaign! The amount of support that we've already received has been incredible, and as a result, we've been approved to increase our funding goal from $15,000 to $30,000!

Reaching this next funding goal will cover half of the total cost to send Alberta's first ever student built cube satellite, the Experimental Albertan #1, aka Ex-Alta 1, into space! This increase gives us an incredible foundation on which to move forward and turn our design dreams into a reality!

We would like to extend a huge "thank you" to those of you who have already supported the project, either through a donation or by sharing the campaign page with your contacts. The success that we've seen so far wouldn't be possible without all of your hard work, passion, and dedication!

The AlbertaSat Team

We Have Lift Off! 

  Published on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 09:25 PM (MDT)
We can't believe the amount of support that we've already received from all of our champions and donors on the Lift Off Alberta Campaign! We're incredibly excited to share that we've already surpassed 10% of our total funding goal, and are well on our way to achieving the full amount by the end of the 30 day campaign! A very special thank you to all those who have contributed so far!

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