Hugh Chesser

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Associate Professor of Space Engineering, Teaching

Petrie  202

(416)736-2100 x 20760


Almost 20 years experience in the space engineering profession in Canada. Work experience includes both technical engineering roles as well as supervisory positions.

Specific missions include: Intelsat 7, Radarsat-1, Cold Plasma Analyzer, MOPITT (Measurements of Pollution in the Troposhpere), Scisat-1, CFZF (Shuttle Experiment), MOST (Microvariability and Oscillations of STars), Canada-led Mars Mission (study only), Argus Sensor Operations Team.

Research Interests:

Using design, development, launch and operations of nanosatellites to increase student engagement with engineering curriculum.

Low cost spacecraft development, launch and operations.

Use of industrial and open source software tools in engineering curriculum.

Selected Publications:

Chesser, H., Lee, R., Solheim, B., McConnell, J., Shepherd, G., “Atmospheric Monitoring from Nanosatellites: YUsend-1 & 2”, European CubeSat Symposium 2012, Brussels, February 2012.

Chesser, H. Lee, R., Benari, G., Jagpal, R., Lam, K. Quine, B., “Geolocation of Argus Flight Data”, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 50, No. 2, pg. 357 – 361, February 2012.

Lee, R., Chesser, H., Ustrzycki, T., Clarkson, B., “Nanosatellite Design Workshop for Space Engineering Outreach”, Proceedings of the 15th Canadian Astronautics Conference – ASTRO 2010, Toronto, May 2010.

Jagpal, R, Quine, B., Chesser, H., Abrarov, S., Lee, R., “Calibration and in-orbit performance of the Argus 1000 spectrometer – the Canadian pollution monitor”, J. Appl. Remote Sens., Vol. 4, 049501 (2010); doi:10.1117/1.3302405

Chesser, H., Lee, R., Jagpal, R., Quine, B., “Geolocation of Argus Flight Data”, Proceedings of 1st International Conference on Space Technology, Thessaloniki, Greece, August 2009.

Chesser, H., Lee, R., “YUsend (York University Space Engineering Nanosatellite Demonstration) Program”, 2nd European CubeSat Workshop, January 20 – 22, 2009, ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Solheim, B.H., Chesser, H., Aushev, V., Shepherd, G.G., Zhu, G., King, D., Kui, A., Stachowsky, M., Sinclair, K., “EPAC – Earthquake Precursor Airglow Camera Instrument”, poster session September 2007, Kazcosmos Program Review.

Soucy, Y. and Chesser, H., “Force Limited Vibration Testing of the MOST telescope”, Proceedings of the 13th Canadian Astronautics Conference – ASTRO 2006, Montreal, QC, April 2006.

Soucy, Y.S., Chesser, H.G., “Force Limited Vibration Testing Applied to the MOST Spacecraft”, Canadian Aeronautics and Space Journal, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 47-60, 2005.