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Do you want to know what it is like to take part in a real space project? Work together as a team to imagine, build and launch a CanSat!
CanSat offers a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: imagining the CanSat, selecting its mission, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. Your CanSat should include all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system. Don’t forget to include the parachute! Here you can check the CanSat requirements.
What are the steps in the CanSat project?
You will go through the following phases of a space mission to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.
In this preliminary phase, your team must design a CanSat that will achieve the mission requirements
Build & Test
Bring to life your imagined CanSat by building it, ensuring that it meets all the technical requirements. Make sure to test test test!
The CanSat will be launched to an altitude of up to 1 kilometre by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon at which point its mission begins.
CanSat competitions have taken place in many countries around the world since the late 1990s. Typically, a number of student teams come together to launch their CanSats during the course of a day, competing for prizes. The European CanSat Competition, aimed at secondary school level students, started in 2010 as an initiative of the European Space Agency’s Education Office.