AAS CanSat Competition

Introduction

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 Stephenville, Texas. 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, previous winners and accompanying documents.

2017/18 Competition

MCP are 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 were 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.

2018/19 Competition

The 2019 mission explores the use of auto-gyro descent control of a science payload when released from the launch vehicle. The CanSat consists 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 transmits 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 activates.

The 2017/18 Mission Guide can be found here.

Updates on the US Team can be found on our Facebook page.

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