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CanSat 2020-21 kicks off

18/09/2020 2467 views 13 likes
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Have you ever dreamed of designing your own mini satellite? CanSat is back with the 2020-21 edition of the European CanSat Competition and CADSat - a new entry-level project for beginners! Registration are now open!

Level: 11 – 19 years old


CADSat is designed for beginners/younger participants from 11 to 15 years old. Plan a groundbreaking scientific mission and 3D design your very own mini satellite! The project challenges students to design in 3D a satellite the size of a soda can, made with the design tool of their choice. Students must design a mission for their mini satellite and ensure that the satellite design best suits this mission. CADSat is suitable as a beginner project to prepare to participate in CanSat later on. Read the guidelines document to learn more!

The European CanSat Competition is aimed at participants from 14 to 19 years old. If you’re up for a bigger challenge, work in a team to imagine, build, test and launch a real mini satellite! This project challenges students to fit all the major subsystems of a satellite inside the volume and shape of a soft drink can, which will be launched by a small rocket up to an altitude of 1 km. As the CanSat descends, its mission begins.

Every participating CanSat team will have to accomplish two missions: a mandatory primary mission to collect air temperature and pressure data, and a secondary mission is completely open to the students’ imagination. Your secondary mission could be exploring a new planet, analysing Earth’s atmosphere, developing a rover to fit inside the CanSat, or anything else you can think of. Find out the requirements to participate in the guidelines.

Get Involved!

To find out more about the competitions, and for information on how to apply, visit the CADSat and CanSat websites. The ESA Education team is looking forward to receiving your application. Good luck to everyone taking part!

Registrations open: 18 September 2020

Deadline for CADSat entry submissions: 14 May 2021

Deadline for CanSat entry submissions for teams from Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Switzerland, Canada and Slovenia: 30 November 2020

Deadline for CanSat entry submissions for teams from other participating countries: see CanSat 2021-21 National Organiser in your country.