Competition Details

Teams of school students compete to design, build and test a mini-satellite or CanSat . The competition gives students a feeling of excitement and technological achievement by launching their own satellite and gives them their first practical experience of a real space project.

Your Mission … should you choose to accept it!

  1. Fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite such as power, sensors and communications in a CanSat
  2. Provide a parachute to ensure the can has a gentle landing
  3. Carry out scientific experiments and transmit the data to an earth based computer.

Entering the competition

Who can enter?

Entry is open to teams of 4 to 6 second level students (Transition Year, Fifth Year and Sixth Year) per team.

What is required?

  • Each team develops a CanSat – Arduino based electronic circuitry housed in a soft drink can which takes measurements and transmits back to a computer.
  • The team is responsible for all aspects of the design, selecting the missions, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.
  • The team are brought to a launch site and the CanSat is launched and released from a height. The CanSat must take measurements and transmit the data on its journey back down.

What help will you get?

Third level partners will support participating schools by providing access to state-of the-art labs, technical support and industry mentors for the competing teams.

Each team and their teacher will be provided with a kit, an introduction course and on-going technical support from a dedicated technical mentor.

CanSat Ireland is sponsored by:

  • Science Foundation Ireland