A competition for young students
A CanSat is a “satellite” the size of a beverage can, developed, built and programmed by teams of students. This mini-satellite is brought to an altitude of several hundred metres by a rocket and then falls to the ground attached to a parachute. The satellite performs measurements and other tasks for which it was designed.
A CanSat serves as a model of a real space mission, as it will pass through essentially the same phases as a real space mission: Planning the mission, designing the satellite, testing the individual components and the overall system, carrying out the mission, processing and evaluating the data, communicating the results. In this way, the CanSat competition offers dedicated and talented students the opportunity to gain their first practical and authentic experience of a space project.
The Luxembourg CanSat competition is part of the international competition of the European Space Agency (ESA). The winner of the Luxembourg competition is qualified to participate in the European competition.
The ChallengeThe task of the participating teams is to develop, build and test a mini-satellite with the dimensions of a beverage can. During the launch campaign, the satellite will be transported to an altitude of almost one kilometre by a rocket provided by the CanSat competition. The CanSat is then to descend to the ground on a parachute and complete two missions during this time:
Primary missionThe satellite will measure air pressure and temperature. From the measured air pressure, the altitude and the rate of fall are to determined. With the help of the temperature measurement data a temperature profile will be created.
Secondary missionThe satellite is to carry out a mission developed by the participating teams themselves. The satellite could, for example, make further measurements or conduct experiments. Here, scientific and technical ingenuity can be given free rein. The starting point can be a scientific question, a technical problem or a project idea of social relevance.
Are you eligible?Your team must be composed from 4 to 6 students over 15 years old.
The team is assisted by an adult for the duration of the competition, who is the point of contact between his or her group of students and the organisers.
Good to knowPlease read the Teams manual 2021-2022 for all the details.
The organisers cover the various costs: the basic kit, supplements, coach training, launch costs (CanSat launch, parallel activities, accommodation, etc.).
The value of the CanSat should not exceed 500€, including the basic kit.
CanSat Luxembourg is part of a European project. A large part of the competition is therefore conducted in English (reports, oral presentations, etc.).