About Us

We are a group of engineers, eager to share our experience and knowledge with the next generation of space explorers and enthusiasts. Our aim is to create a comprehensive educational site to help amateur satellite engineers get their projects to space while building foundational knowledge.

Meet our founders below!

Ian Bennett

Ian specializes in spacecraft communications technology including antenna and radio systems, GNSS, and remote sensing. He received his B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and his M.A.Sc. in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. After working in industry as an communications engineer for two years, he returned to academia and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto.


Thomas Sears

Thomas brings experience in attitude control systems, payloads, and assembly, integration, and testing for small satellites to the Crash Cube team. As a PhD student at Queen’s University, he is researching autonomous navigation techniques for groups of mobile robots in planetary exploration and unknown terrain applications on Earth. Thomas previously worked at Sinclair Interplanetary after obtaining his BEng from Carleton University and his MASc from the University of Toronto.


Damon Gogul

Damon specializes in in-space propulsion systems and the thermal modelling, analysis, and design of satellite systems. He received his B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto, and his M.A.Sc. in Space Systems Engineering from its Institute for Aerospace Studies. Damon’s passion for space exploration fuels his dream of sending a spacecraft to Venus.


Max King

Max specializes in thermal systems, integration and testing, radiation, and spacecraft part manufacturing. He obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta in Materials Engineering, and is pursuing a M.A.Sc. in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto. He has worked on microgravity experiments with the DLR, and is currently a Mechanical Engineer with MDA working on Canada’s contribution to the Lunar Gateway. He sits on a youth advisory council to Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, advising on Canadian space exploration.


Simon Molgat Laurin

Simon specializes in small satellite structures, thermal systems, assembly, integration and testing, and – most recently – spacecraft regulation. He obtained a B.Eng. from École Polytechnique, a M.A.Sc. in Space Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Graduate Certificate in Space Law from McGill University. He previously worked in mechanical systems at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, and currently works as a Regulatory Associate at Kepler Communications Inc.