“ Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ”Norman Vincent Peale
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):
The launch is going to be the same or very similar as on the following figure:
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.
Technological knowledge, many opportunities for tinkering
Experience of teamwork
Opportunity to participate at an international competition
New people, new friendships
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.
GRLSat represented Hungary at the 2019 ESA CanSat Competition.
They performed well at the competition with their biological experiment.
The Competition has been launched by the BME Cosmos Society together with other Hungarian organizations.
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