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 the volume and shape of a soft drinks can. The CanSat is then launched by a rocket up to an altitude of approximately one kilometre, or dropped from a platform, drone or captive balloon. Then its mission begins. This involves carrying out a scientific experiment and/or a technology demonstration, achieving a safe landing, and analysing the data collected.
Who can participate?
Participation is open to teams of 4-6 young people aged 14 to 19 years old. You must sign up with a teacher/mentor. Participants must be from an ESA Member State, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia or Slovenia. Students enrolled at a post-secondary/tertiary institution are not eligible to apply.