“ Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ”

Norman Vincent Peale

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 participants build a small satellite, with which they carry out different missions.
A possible internal layout of a CanSat is depicted on the following figure:


The participants of the competition should design every part of the satellite, including the power supply, sensors, a communication unit, and they have to build them with respect to the given conditions. There are several rules about e.g. the dimensions of the case, the mass of the satellite, or about other important parameters. This can be considered as a challenge.
The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of ca. 1.000 metres by a rocket.
In the rocket the CanSat will be placed similar as follows (the CanSat on the following picture has been made with a different internal layout):

CanSat in rocket

The launch is going to be the same or very similar as on the following figure:

CanSat launch

The task for the teams is to communicate in real-time with their CanSats, do measurements (measuring temperature and pressure is obligatory) with the satellite, then land with it under safe conditions. During the competition the teams also have to present the results of their measurements.

Further details about the competition can be found on CanSat website of ESA, and more information about CanSats on the ESA What is a Cansat? webpage.

What will you get from the CanSat Competition?

Technological knowledge, many opportunities for tinkering

Experience of teamwork

Opportunity to participate at an international competition

New people, new friendships

Get to know former teams!

Team HunSat

HunSat was the first CanSat team from Hungary.
They won a technical special prize at the 2018 ESA CanSat Competition for their extremely reliable CanSat.

Team GRLSat

GRLSat represented Hungary at the 2019 ESA CanSat Competition.
They performed well at the competition with their biological experiment.

The organizers

The Competition has been launched by the BME Cosmos Society together with other Hungarian organizations.
More about the organizers later…


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