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The Challenge: German CanSat Competition

Photo: DLR (CC BY 3.0 DE) Photo: DLR (CC BY 3.0 DE)

The objective is to construct and build a satellite of the size of a standard soda can and launch it to an altitude of a few hundred meters. While descending back to earth with a parachute, the satellite has to fulfil two missions:

  • Primary mission: The satellite has to measure air pressure and air temperature. From these data the teams have to evaluate the height as well as the vertical speed. The teams have to prepare a temperature vs. height profile.

  • Secondary mission: The satellite has to fulfil a secondary mission developed by the students. The satellite could measure further parameters or conduct experiments. The motivation for the secondary mission should be stated in the proposal for the competition. This motivation could be a scientific question, a practical application or an issue of relevance for the society.

ESA provides CanSat-Kits, which contain most of the parts required for the primary mission. Further parts needed have to be purchased by the teams. (The teams can purchase parts of a value up to 200 Euro from Watterott free of charge.) The central part of the CanSat-Kits is a microcontroller-plattform, which can be programmed like a Arduino-board. The participating teams all have to develop an electric circuit, solder the electronic components and program the microcontroller.

The participating teams are expected to prepare a project plan, a financial plan as well as a progress and a final report. The teams will present and discuss their mission and their results during the launch campaign. The outreach programme and the sponsoring concept of the teams will be taken into account for the decision of the jury.

The winning team of the German CanSat competition is qualified to participate the international competition of the European Space Agency.

Photo: DLR (CC BY 3.0 DE) Photo: Team ASL Sat 2 (CC BY 3.0 DE)
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