A new satellite featuring technology developed by the University of Calgary was successfully launched into its proper orbit Sunday.
The university is also responsible for gathering the incoming data, which will help researchers better understand space storms and their effects on space-based technologies.
CASSIOPE will observe the ionosphere and enable scientists to collect new data on space storms in Earth's upper atmosphere and assess their potential impacts, the Canadian Space Agency says.
The satellite carries the first scientific satellite payload led by a Canadian university.
"This is both exciting and a huge relief to see CASSIOPE launched after over nine years of preparation and development," Greg Enno, technical manager for the project which is associated to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary, said in a statement. "The team has been waiting for this moment for a long time and is eager to get to dig into the data."
Scientists will use the satellite to collect new data and details on space storms in the upper atmosphere and their potentially devastating impacts on radio communications, GPS navigation and other space-based technologies.