Welcome to the Queen's Space Engineering Team!

QSET is a group of exceptional and passionate students who share the desire to explore and compete in the world of space science and technology.

Our goal is to provide an environment where students can develop industry transferrable skills through hands-on experience. Operating as an independently run team, we offer members the flexibility and freedom required to successfully design, research, and implement solutions to various open ended problems.

QSET Provides Both Hands-On Experience and Educational Value in a Variety of Ways
Design Competitions

Every year, QSET brings together Queen's finest students and puts their technical skills to the test as they build projects that compete against other schools across the world.

Industry Connections

QSET aims to provide students with more opportunities to network with space industry professionals. This is through guest appearances, guest lectures, and networking events.

Workshops

QSET shares its vast technical knowledge with the rest of the university through workshops. These workshops provide other students with invaluable skills.

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Team Members

WHETHER YOU ARE A FIRST YEAR WITHOUT ANY EXPERIENCE OR AN UPPER YEAR LOOKING TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

ROVER

Created in 2006, our rover team has built stand alone, mobile rovers that are used to compete every year at the University Rover Challenge situated in Utah, United States. We also aim to begin competing at the Canadian International Rover Challenge.

Rover Subteams

MECHANICAL

Work on designing and manufacturing the mechanical components of the rover. The main projects this year are the suspension redesign, new chassis design, and modifications to the robotic arm.

ELECTRICAL & SOFTWARE

Work on projects that cover power systems, mechatronics, control systems, autonomous navigation, machine learning, printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing, and more.

SCIENCE PAYLOAD

Design methods for remotely detecting extraterrestrial life and determining habitability of planets. Gain useful experience in scientific research methods and experiment design.

LOGISTICS

Curious to know what goes into the operations of a large competitive design team? Within the logistics team, there are opportunities to work in finance, marketing, industry relations, and general team logistic projects.

SATELLITE

Founded in 2016, our satellite team builds a highly functioning satellite with the goal to compete at the biennial Canadian Satellite Design Challenge. The winner of the competition has their satellite launched into space.

Satellite Subteams

ADCS

The attitude determination and control system allows the satellite to turn and reorient itself in space. Since we cannot rely on thrusters, we must use conservation of momentum and Earth’s magnetic field to control the satellites movement.

COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

The satellite’s communication system allows commands to be sent from the ground to the satellite and have the collected data on the satellite be sent back to Earth.

ONBOARD COMPUTER SYSTEM

The OBC is the network that connects and manages all the other subsystems. The OBC team works with microprocessors, memory banks, and interfacing chips to build and connect the computer to other sub-systems.

ELECTRICAL POWER SYSTEM

The power system collects energy using solar panels, stores it in a battery pack and distributes it to the other subsystems.

PAYLOAD SYSTEM

The payload is the purpose for the CubeSat. This year, our payload is a camera module composed of a telescope and focusing lens. The end goal is to take pictures of the surface of the earth, then compress the images so they can be sent to the ground.

MECHANICAL SYSTEM

Work on designing and manufacturing the mechanical components of the satellite while learning how to use CAD software such as Solidworks to design the structure.

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Joshua Wade

SATELLITE

Chief Technical Officer

Michael Baril

ROVER & SATELLITE

Captain

Nicholas Miemiec

ROVER

Chief Technical Officer

Sonali Sivakumar

OPERATIONS

Sponsorship Manager

Juliana Brown

OPERATIONS

Chief Operations Officer

Jen Kovinich

OPERATIONS

Media Manager

Karsten Faethe-Jackson

SATELLITE

Mechanical Manager

Emma Paczkowski

SATELLITE

Onboard Computer Manager

Kate Szabo

SATELLITE

Payload Manager

Cal Graham

SATELLITE

ADCS Manager

Varnikaa Gupta

SATELLITE

Power Systems Manager

Sean Tedesco

SATELLITE

Communications Manager

Misha Kovarsky

ROVER

Mechanical Manager

Owen Hooper

ROVER

Electrical & Computer Manager

Lily de Loë

ROVER

Payload Manager

Zane Morris

ROVER

Mechanical Team Supervisor

Graeme George

ROVER

Senior Mechanical Engineer

David Tuck

ROVER

Mechanical Team Supervisor

Jonah Odlozinski

ROVER

Payload Team Supervisor

SPONSORS

CONTACT US

qset@engsoc.queensu.ca

Beamish-Munro Hall, Room 115, 45 Union St, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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