The Student Organization for Aerospace Research is currently constructing a small payload for the Atlantis rocket, to also be flown on a high altitude balloon, which will be built to cube sat standards. This is both a competition requirement as well as preparation for any future ventures by the club into cube sat projects.
The cube sat is being built by a group a students from all other current projects and teams and is highly interdisciplinary, requiring the skills of physicists, engineers, computer scientists and others. It is a collaboration in between undergraduate and graduate students, being overseen by University of Calgary professors, thoroughly vetting the design on all fronts. Its main goal is to collect environmental data at different altitudes to study atmospheric composition as well as vehicle flight characteristics.