University of Manitoba


The STARLab uses this room, located in the Engineering and Information Technology Complex (EITC) at the University of Manitoba, as the primary laboratory facility. It is equipped with a soldering station for assembling small electronics by hand, as well as several desks and monitors for any tasks that require the use of computers. This room also houses a small drone testing area with multiple cameras, and a course with sandy terrain for vehicle locomotion testing.


This room, also in the EITC, is the STARLab’s meeting and presentation room. It has a projector and sound system for presentations or conferences, as well as plenty of seating areas. There are also some computers here for a quieter working environment or running long simulations. In case anyone gets hungry during a long meeting, this room also has a microwave and refrigerator.

Drone Dome

This facility is still in the works, with plans to be built at the University of Manitoba Smart Park. It would be a site for more expanded drone testing and flight operations, larger than the testing areas at the University or Drone Zone. There is even potential for drone races in Drone Dome. Additionally, more planet surface-like test tracks would be brought into for vehicle tests.


Advanced Satellite Integration Facility (ASIF)

This state-of-the-art facility is located at and operated by Magellan Aerospace in Winnipeg. It can accommodate the assembly of three satellites in parallel. Some of the equipment includes a Class 100 000 clean room, multiple 3-axis cranes, a thermal vacuum chamber, and a vibration test setup. The STARLab uses the ASIF for CubeSat assembly, integration, and testing (AIT). Most recently, the Iris satellite underwent AIT at this location.

Drone Zone

This facility near the Winnipeg airport has over 30 Vicon cameras strategically placed to capture every possible angle of motion. It is used for drone testing and flight monitoring.