In December 2010, a contract was signed between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Space Flight Lab (UTIAS-SFL) of the University of Toronto, Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), to build two BRITE satellites which will be ready for launch in 2013. Launch options are still under investigation.
Both spacecrafts and their instruments will be a copy of BRITE-AUSTRIA and UniBRITE. One will have an instrument sensitive to a BLUE and the other with a camera optimized for a RED wavelength range.
UTIAS-SFL has initially developed the technology and design of all BRITE satellites in the framework of their CANX-3 program.
One key technology element is the specific nanosatellite Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) which is a joint development between UTIAS-SFL and Sinclair Interplanetary.
The picture to the right shows the BRITE satellite design which is based on the so-called Generic Nanosatellite Bus (GNB).