The AAS CanSat Competition was the original reason for the creation of the Manchester CanSat Project (MCP). Whilst the Project has expanded throughout the years, the AAS CanSat Competition is still very important to us. It is organised by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and held every year in the USA. It provides an opportunity for STEM students to participate in a space-related design-build-launch competition, unlike any other in the world. Full details can be found at www.cansatcompetition.com including the current mission, recent winners and accompanying documents.
MCP is very happy to have ranked 3rd Place in the Competition with 98.40 %. The mission remained as difficult as ever, but the team members put in a great amount of effort and dedication, and should be commended.
The 2020 mission features a CanSat consisting of a container and a delta wing glider payload. The payload descends in a circular pattern, while monitoring altitude, pressure, temperature, airspeed, and particle count. During this time, a camera records descent footage by tracking a set of GPS coordinates. After a minute of gliding, the payload releases a parachute for the remaining descent.
The 2019/20 Mission Guide can be found here.
MCP achieved 10th Place in the Competition with a score of 80.64 %. As with every year, the mission was extremely difficult, however we are very proud of our AAS team and we thank them for their efforts over the whole year.
The 2019 mission explored the use of auto-gyro descent control of a science payload when released from the launch vehicle. The CanSat consisted of two parts, the science payload and the container to protect the science payload as it is deployed from the rocket.
As the science payload descends under auto-gryo control, the payload transmitted telemetry from sensors that track altitude using air pressure, external temperature, battery voltage, GPS position, pitch and roll and auto-gyro blade spin rate. When the science payload lands, all telemetry transmission stops and a locating audio beacon is activated.
The 2018/19 Mission Guide can be found here.
MCP is very proud to be the 2018 winners of the annual AAS CanSat Competition. The mission was very difficult, and the determination and tenacity of the team shined through in our results. We achieved an unimaginable final score of 101.6 % as every requirement was met with near-perfect execution along with bonus objectives. MCP was blessed to have such a hard-working, dedicated team with each member providing invaluable work.
The 2017/18 mission involved simulating a space probe (CanSat) entering a planetary atmosphere. The probe carried a single large hen’s egg that had to survive all portions of flight. Additionally, the CanSat had an aero-braking heat shield that had to be released mid-flight whereupon the CanSat deploys a parachute to slow the descent velocity.
The 2017/18 Mission Guide can be found here.
In its first year in the Competition, MCP achieved great success by ranking 6th in the Competition. The mission involved a CanSat with a container and glider payload, where the payload produced solar power while descending for two minutes. The bonus objective was to capture images of the ground as often as possible.
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