Students with the Dalhousie Space Systems Lab have constructed the first satellite made in Nova Scotia and it will soon be launched into space — an Atlantic Canadian first.

Several universities received federal funding to build a nanosatellite in 2018. Teams from Dalhousie and the University of Victoria were first to finish.

Now, the Dalhousie team is getting ready to send its creation off for launch. The satellite is 10 by 10 by 20 centimetres and weighs less than two kilograms.

"Just being in that environment and having the opportunity to be working very closely with some of the experts in our space industry here in Canada has been amazing," he said.

"Being able to pull together all the resources and show to everyone that even building a satellite is something that we can do here in Nova Scotia has been immense."

The main goal of the satellite is to test how different technologies like computers work in space. It's also equipped with cameras to take aerial images of earth, and the team hopes to take photos of Halifax.

Katerina Vinogradova started working on the satellite in her first year of engineering at Dalhousie.

"When you're working toward a goal, in the moment, it feels extremely long," she said. "And then you come to the end and it feels like it went by extremely fast.