Name CanX-7
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Status Reentry 2022-04-21. Was operational (Personal contact 2018-08-10)
Launched 2016-09-26
NORAD ID 41788
Deployer XPOD (eXperimental Push Out Deployer) [UTIAS/SFL]
Launcher PSLV
Organisation Space Flight Laboratory
Institution Institute
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation Canada
Manufacturer AIVT by Space Flight Laboratory
Operator Space Flight Laboratory
Launch brokerer Space Flight Laboratory (UTIAS-SFL), ?
Partners Defence R&D Canada, COM DEV

Demonstrate deployable drag sail.


Incorporate a lightweight, compact, deployable drag sail. Demonstrate the drag sail’s customizability, modularity, stowability and effectiveness at achieving the deorbiting requirements of the IADC. The results will then be used to create a low cost, modular, and customizable deorbiting device for nanosatellites and microsatellites in low Earth orbit, thus alleviating the programmatic and technical risk to space missions when using satellites of this class.

Test an ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) receiver developed by Royal Military College (RMC) with support from COM DEV Ltd. ADS-B is a cooperative surveillance technology for tracking aircraft. Detecting ADS-B signals from space will enable enhanced global awareness of aircraft identities, locations, and headings. CanX-7 will be among the first satellites in the world to evaluate this technology from space.


Successfully demonstrated its drag sail technology when the CanX-7 satellite deorbited last month.

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Keywords ADS-B, De-orbit device

Last modified: 2023-06-09
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