For a better experience please change your browser to CHROME, FIREFOX, OPERA or Internet Explorer.
Do you want to know what it is like to take part in a real space project? Work together as a team to imagine, build and launch a CanSat!
CanSat offers a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: imagining the CanSat, selecting its mission, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. Your CanSat should include all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system. Don’t forget to include the parachute! Here you can check the CanSat requirements.
What are the steps in the CanSat project?
You will go through the following phases of a space mission to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.
In this preliminary phase, your team must design a CanSat that will achieve the mission requirements.
Build & Test
Bring to life your imagined CanSat by building it, ensuring that it meets all the technical requirements. Make sure to test test test!
The CanSat will be launched to an altitude of up to 1 kilometre by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon at which point its mission begins.
Due to the success of the project, many countries host national CanSat competitions every year. If this is the case in your country, you should first participate in your national CanSat competition as a first step. If your team wins, you will be able to participate in the European CanSat Competition 2021. In the school year 2020-21, CanSat national competitions will take place in: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Nordic countries (Finland, Norway and Sweden), Portugal, Poland, Romania, The Netherlands, Spain, and The UK. Find your national competition website here.
If your country doesn’t have a national CanSat Competition, then you can apply directly through ESA. This applies for residents in Estonia, Hungary, Switzerland, Canada, Latvia or Slovenia.