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CanSat 2021 Competition (Students 14+)
September 17th 2020

CanSat 2021 Competition (Students 14+)

Can you build a satellite? You can with CanSat!
The CanSat competition provides students with the opportunity to have practical experience working on a small-scale space project.

What is a CanSat?

A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume.

The CanSat Challenge

There are three main challenges for students competing in the CanSat competition:

  1. To fit all major subsystems found in a satellite, including power, sensors and communications, into the volume and shape of a soft drink can. 
  2. To provide a parachute to ensure the can survives the landing.
  3. To carry out scientific experiments and transmit in-flight data to an Earth-based computer. 

What are the benefits of taking part?

The CanSat competition offers a unique opportunity for students to have their first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: selecting the mission objectives, designing the CanSat, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data. 

ESERO-UK organises an annual UK CanSat competition, the winner of which will be invited to compete in the European CanSat competition. 

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