The Western Skylark

A 3U CubeSat for next-generation tracking of migratory wildlife using the Motus and ICARUS telemetry systems

About Us: 

The Western Skylark CubeSat enhances wildlife tracking by collecting space-based data on migratory songbirds, waterbirds, and shorebirds. We provide hands-on training for students in CubeSat construction and operation. Our project contributes to a better understanding of animal movements and supports conservation efforts.


Our Mission:

  • Training Objective: Empower undergraduate and graduate students with hands-on experience in space mission operations, CubeSat design, and construction.
  • Technical Objective: Demonstrate the effectiveness of a 3U CubeSat in efficiently collecting and relaying MOTUS and ICARUS data with speed and precision.
  • Scientific Objective: Gather groundbreaking data on migratory songbirds, waterbirds, and shorebirds through remote tracking stations, enhancing our understanding of their migration behavior.
  • Outreach Objective: Engage local schools and collaborate with Stardust Technologies in northern Ontario to extend CubeSat outreach activities.


Video:Skylark promotional video created by Western Space 

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