A Real Satellite in a Can: CanSat Information desk

Date(s) - 18/11/2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Institute of Technology Tralee (North Campus)

A Real Satellite in a Can!

CanSat isĀ a European Space Agency competition for 2ndĀ Level Students (transition year and upwards). A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for the 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 is then launched to an altitude of about 400 metres by a rocket, dropped from a platform or captive balloon and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment, achieve a safe landing and analyse the data collected.

At the CanSat Ireland regional and national finals each CanSat team has their CanSat launched by quad/octo-copters and by rocket at the national final. After launch, the CanSat must take measurements and send data to the ground station (laptop) as it descends. After analysing the data, the team then makes a 10 minute presentation to a panel of judges. The winner of the CanSat Ireland National Competition goes on to represent Ireland in the European CanSat Competition in June 2018.


Venue: IMaR Technology Gateway Stand, Institute of Technology, North Campus.


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