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 a few hundred metres by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.
CanSats offer a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: selecting the mission objectives, designing the CanSat, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.
The 2016/17 competition is now open, to be selected please complete our online entry form and read through our guidelines carefully.
The deadline for submission is 8 July 2016 and entrants must be over 14 years of age at the time of the competition.
ESA wishes to foster and support a broad range of CanSat activities across its member states, in order to give European students their first experience of a real space-related project. ESERO-UK organises an annual UK CanSat Competition, the winner of which goes on to compete in the European CanSat Competition.