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, previous winners and accompanying documents.
The 2020 mission features a delta wing glider that will descend in a circular pattern, while monitoring altitude, pressure, temperature, airspeed, and particle count. You can check out the mission here: http://www.cansatcompetition.com/mission.html
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 landed, all telemetry transmission stopped 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 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.
Updates on the US Team can be found on our Facebook page.