University of British Columbia team wins first place with the University of Toronto taking second pl

On April 28, the University of British Columbia team was named the winner of SSPI and SEDS Canada’s 2018 student team competition, and the University of Toronto team was awarded second place. The competition, titled “Satellites Around Mars – What Will It Take?” challenged students to create a satellite communications capability to support exploration, colonization and early development of Mars, including both surface-to-space communications and Mars-to-Earth communications. Advising the University of British Columbia team was Tom Butash, Engineering Fellow at BAE Systems. The University of Toronto team was advised by Ed Ashford, President of Ashford Consulting. We thank them for generously donating time and expertise to the next generation. University of British Columbia Team

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