Kick-off date: 19 September 2023 – More information coming soon…
Suggested for: 14 to 19 years old
What’s it like to make a real space project from A to Z? Work together as a team to imagine, build, launch and operate a CanSat to find out!
CanSat challenges school students to fit the key components of a satellite in the volume of a soda can.
*New* Competition structure 2023/2024:
CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level Students (Transition Year and upwards) run by ESERO Ireland in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and third level colleges.
What is CanSat
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, built inside a empty soft drink can
Teams of school students compete to design, build and test a mini-satellite or CanSat. The competition gives students a feeling of excitement and technological achievement by launching their own satellite and gives them their first practical experience of a real space project.
Your Mission … should you choose to accept it….
Entry is open to 4/6 second level students per team (Transition Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Year).
Support for participating teams
The partner college will support participating schools by providing access to state-of the-art labs, technical support, and college/industry mentors for the competing teams. Each team and their teacher will be provided with a kit, an introductory course, and on-going technical support from a dedicated technical mentor.
And now for the Science part
Each team develops a CanSat – Arduino based electronic circuitry housed in a drinks can which takes measurements and transmits back to a computer. The team is responsible for all aspects of the design, selecting the missions, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch, and then analysing the data. The team are brought to a launch site and the CanSat is launched and released from a height. The CanSat must take measurements and transmit the data on its journey back down.
CanSat Primary Mission
After release and during descent, the CanSat shall measure the following parameters and transmit the data to the “ground station” (A laptop):
CanSat Secondary Mission
The student must develop any secondary mission of their choice; these are just some examples
A CanSat feature on RTE’s programme, INSIDERS.