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Meet the team: Carmen Sylva 1

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ESA / Education / CanSat
Teacher: Florin Serbu
Team members: Liviu Vasile (Project manager/ Software engineer), Vlad Coea( Mechanical engineer), Robert Coea (Mechanical engineer), Andreea Rusnaciuc (Hardware engineer), Adrian Baca (Hardware engineer, software engineer), Nicoleta Gherasim (Outreach, hardware engineer), Lucian Ordache (Software engineer)
School: Carmen Sylva High School, Eforie Sud
Country: Romania

Description of the Cansat missions
Monitoring the atmosphere parameters and the magnetic field of the planet during the fly. Determining the position, speed and acceleration of the CanSat using two methods: GPS system and Inertial management Unit (IMU) system. Try to control the landing system using paragliding.

Progress Report 1:
We decide to use for our CanSat the T-minus kit. We test the microcontroller and radio modules. We select and buy the sensors for atmosphere monitoring. We have tested these sensors indoor and outdoor. We have some problems with the gas sensors because the MQ gas sensors use a small heater inside and the heat produced by the sensor can interact with the other sensors inside the CanSat. We also select and buy the GPS sensor and a 9DOF sensor (accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer) and the next step will be to test this sensors.

Progress Report 2:
Up to now we have finished 60% of our CanSat prototype. We have integrated all the sensors together. The first circuit board CS1 contains the following sensors: DHT22, BMP085, Pololu MiniIMU9 and OpenLog.

The second board CS2 contains the GPS, UV radiation and Air quality sensors.

We have tested the CanSat prototype both indoors and outdoors and all the sensors work well.

We decided to use the MegunoLink Pro software to monitor and analyse the sensor activities and we bought a license for this software.

Progress Report 3:
Up to now we have finished 98% of our CanSat prototype. We have integrated all sensors together. The first circuit board CS1 contains the sensors for: temperature, humidity, air pressure, altitude, 3 axes accelerometer, 3 axes gyroscope, 3 axes magnetic field and the SD card. The second board CS2 contain the GPS, current sensor and the second SD card. The third board CS3 have only one sensor, the Air quality sensors on this board is the first level of our CanSat. On the top of the CanSat we have the last board CS4 with the UV sensor, the GPS antenna and the power switch. Unfortunately we have no place for the servo mechanism and we decide to give up controlling the parachute. We have tested the CanSat prototype indoor and outdoor and all the sensors work well. Also we have done some parachute tests and dropped the CanSat from a 20 m altitude and we have made the CanSat case design and construction. We decided to use the MegunoLink Pro software to monitor and analyse the sensors activities and we bought a license for this software.