School Students Build their own Mini Satellites
For the eighth time, students in Bremen will use a rocket to launch self-made mini satellites to an altitude of one kilometer. Ten school teams from all over Germany have qualified for the German CanSat Competition 2021/22 and spent six months building a satellite the size of a beverage can. The completed CanSats will perform their tasks on April 05, 2022 (alternatively, e.g., in case of bad weather conditions, on April 06 or 08, 2022) while hanging from a parachute during the return flight. Watch the launch of the rockets and get to know the teams in the online event here: youtu.be/3siWPRH7b9I
About the CanSat Competition
The German CanSat Competition has been held annually since 2014 in collaboration with companies and institutions from the aerospace industry. The ten teams selected, made up of young technology enthusiasts aged 14 and over, build a miniature satellite the size of a beverage can. The satellites must fulfill two missions: As a primary mission, the satellite is to measure air pressure and temperature. From this data, the students determine the altitude and velocity of the fall. In addition, the teams developed their own secondary mission, which they were free to choose. Here, the school teams have to demonstrate their creativity as well as physical and technical understanding in order to realize mission ideas that are as complex as possible in the limited space of a beverage can.
For example, the "MAI - Measure, Analyze, Improve" team wants to use an infrared camera to take thermographic images of the subsurface in flight and then examine and evaluate them for water structures. The "setalight" team wants to recover energy during free fall and thus test another way of supplying satellites with energy. In addition to working out a scientific task and the technical implementation of the satellite, the teams experience all the phases of a real space mission, such as public relations, finding sponsors and project planning.
In April 2022, the CanSats will be launched by a rocket to an altitude of one kilometer to perform their tasks during the fall. For this purpose, the teams have sent their CanSats including an operating manual to the organizers of the competition in Bremen. On April 05 at 17:00 (alternatively e.g. in case of bad weather conditions on April 06 or 08, 2022) the launch of the rockets at the airfield Rotenburg (Wümme) will be broadcast online.
After the launch, the teams have one month to evaluate their data and present it in front of experts from the aerospace industry and the other teams on May 12, 2022. The winning team will represent Germany at the European CanSat competition of the European Space Agency (ESA).
The application phase of the next CanSat competition will start in August 2022, and more information as well as the guidelines and application form will be available at www.cansat.de.
All co-organizers, sponsors and partners at a glance
ArianeGroup, Auf Distanz, bevuta IT GmbH, Bremen Airport, CGI Deutschland B.V. & Co. KG, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), DSI Aerospace Technologie GmbH (DSI), Europäische Union über den European Regional Development Fund, Europäische Weltraumorganisation (ESA), European Space Education Resource Office Germany (ESERO Germany), Flugplatz Rotenburg (Wümme), Gymnasium Vegesack, Institut für Aerospace-Technologie (IAT) der Hochschule Bremen, moskito 360° Markenagentur, OHB Bremen, Rocketronics, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Space Rocket Technology UG, Spacebenefit e.V., Technisches Bildungszentrum Mitte, VDI e.V. Bremer Bezirksverein, Zentrum für angewandte Raumfahrttechnologie und Mikrogravitation (ZARM) der Universität Bremen.
The patron of the competition is Bremen's Senator for Children and Education Sascha Karolin Aulepp.
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