ESA is delighted to announce that the 2019 European CanSat Competition will take place in Medicina, Bologna, Italy, from 24 to 28 June 2019. The launch campaign will be hosted on ESA’s behalf by Sierrafox Srl, in collaboration with local partners.
So far, 20 teams are confirmed to participate this year, including the winners of the CanSat national competitions from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Nordic (joint competition of Finland-Sweden-Norway), Portugal, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and Malta as a guest competitor. There will also be two teams who were selected directly by ESA (for those countries without a national competition): one team from Hungary and, for the first time, a team from Canada!
For the 20 participating teams, ESA will sponsor the accommodation, meals and local transportation expenses for up to 7 participants per national team (6 students and 1 teacher and, in exceptional cases, 5 students and 2 teachers), as well as all costs for the rocket launches and related CanSat flight activities.
The ESA Education team would like to express sincere appreciation to all the teams that participated in their national competitions and those who applied for direct selection by ESA. ESA will be in contact with the selected teams over the coming months with further information.
We look forward to meeting all the student teams in the 2019 European CanSat launch campaign in Italy for a new exciting event!
Good luck to everyone!
About the European CanSat Competition
The European CanSat Competition is one of ESA Education’s initiatives to help young people increase their literacy and competence in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and inspire them to pursue a career in the STEM fields.
Each CanSat student team is composed of up to six secondary school students aged between 14 and 19 years, assisted by a teacher or tutor. Similar to what happens in a real-life space programme, the teams are tasked with developing their small ‘satellite’ project (the CanSat) and asked to submit Progress Reports to experts, who will then send their feedback and assess if the CanSats are flight-worthy upon arrival at the launch campaign. During the launch campaign, the teams will launch and operate their CanSats, analyse the data collected, and present their results to a jury who will then assign the prizes for each scoring category.
About Sierrafox Srl
Sierrafox Srl is a private company dedicated to supply rocketry products, materials and services to enthusiasts, professionals and institutions. They organise events and educational activities in cooperation with the ACME Italia Rocketry Association and have previously supplied rockets and equipment for the Italian National CanSat Competition since 2011, as well as for the European CanSat Competition since 2017.
For more information about Sierrafox Srl, visit their website.