Getting Started with CanSat - A Guide to the Primary Mission

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This module outlines the main features of the Primary Mission for the CanSat Competition. In the Primary Mission, teams must measure the temperature and pressure and send the information to their ground station. Students will learn about the differences between the sensors they can use and about the challenges associated with completing the Primary Mission. This module is designed in line with a range of resources to support the entire CanSat mission.

Students will learn:

  • The basic knowledge required in order to assemble and perform CanSat’s Primary Mission
  • How sensors work: thermistor & atmospheric pressure sensor
  • Basic electronics: Ohm's law
  • How to collect data from a resistance based sensor – using a voltage divider circuit

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