Osgoode Township High School Supports Innovative Space Mission

Osgoode Township High School Supports Innovative Space Mission
Posted on 05/12/2022
Osgoode Township High School Supports Innovative Space Mission

Grade 11 and 12 Communications Technology students at Osgoode Township High School are taking their skills to new heights to support an exciting new space mission. They’ve teamed up with IBM Space, SpaceX, and two other schools in the United States to prepare for the launch of the ENDURANCE CubeSat satellite mission on May 25, 2022. 

Their task? Designing a virtual-reality simulation of the earth and the satellite, and using the 3D creation tool Unreal Engine to make a short film imagining the launch.

Over the past few months, the students have applied their virtual production, coding and design skills to build a “digital twin” of the earth using the tools Unreal Engine, Blender, and Cesium. They used this digital twin to make a virtual production video simulating the launch, is to generate buzz about the upcoming mission:

PosterThe students also used their design skills to create a poster for the project, and researched and learned about using CubeSats as edge computing devices.

CommTech teacher Mr. Dubeau brought the project to his classroom to help students gain hands-on experience that makes a real-world impact.

“Students are getting to work with cutting edge technology to get a sense of what jobs in this field look like in 2022,” says Mr. Dubeau. “So far the students have been very keen and have worked hard to achieve our objectives.”

The CubeSat Mission, will launch from the Kennedy Space Center in T-minus two weeks. Led by Naeem Altaf, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Space Tech, the project aims to make space accessible to everyone. This satellite will allow students around the world to interact with it through “edge computing” – writing code, accessing data, taking pictures and performing calculations while the satellite is in orbit.

This is the latest of several cutting edge technology initiatives at Osgoode Township High School. In 2020, the school was awarded a $25,000 USD Epic MegaGrant from Unreal Engine to support the development of a virtual reality game. That grant, along with support from the District’s OCDSBXL department, helped pave the way for this exciting new project. 

The school will also be launching a new Information and Communications Technology SHSM (Specialist High Skills Major) program in September 2022, providing students with even more opportunities to explore 3D/Virtual Reality game production and virtual production.

Update: The CubeSAT mission successfully launched on May 25, 2022! Watch this outstanding virtual production video created by the students, simulating the launch:

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