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2015 European CanSat Competition - Selected Teams

ESA Education is happy to announce the names of the six teams selected for the 2015 European CanSat Competition, which will take place in Portugal from 25 to 28 June 2015. The selected teams will join the 12 winning teams of national CanSat competitions for an unforgettable experience.

ESA’s Education Office has been inviting secondary school students to take part in the European CanSat competitions since 2010. The European CanSat competition is part of ESA’s initiative to inspire young people in pursuing a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the availability of a highly qualified workforce in the space industry of the future. The competing teams are either winners of national CanSat competitions, or directly selected by ESA.

The following teams were selected to build, test, and launch their own CanSat project:

  • Alpsatfrom BG/BRG Stainach(Austria) will  measure position and height with GPS, acceleration, 3-dimensional positions with different methods, and a camera for Earth observation.
  • GirlsSAT 2015 from the Secondary Technical School of Electrotechnical Engineering in Prague (Czech Republic) will demonstrate microgravity while testing a transceiver with automatic data processing and plotting.
  • g-Rosetta from the 1st School Laboratory Center of Athens and the 1st Vocational School of Agii Anargiri (Greece) will measure the resistance of air with a free falling capsule that transmits acceleration to the Ground Station in realtime through the CanSat.
  • Rosseta-Can from Colegio Retamar, Pozuelo de Alarcon, Madrid (Spain), will compare two descent data sets, the CanSat, and an attached probe named Philae.
  • Sky Shepherd from the Istituto Adone Zoli from Atri, Abruzzo (Italy) will detect and measure the variations of solar radiation and air pollution while studying an efficient landing system.
  • TechSwarm from V Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Augusta Witkowskiego in Kraków (Poland), will measure the magnetic field and environmental conditions with full panorama transmitted pictures using a rotating camera.
Last minute modifications before launch

This year, up to 18 launch slots are available. In addition to the ESA selection, national competition organisers automatically have a place reserved for their winning team.  Twelve of them are also expected to take part in the 2015 competition.

Once again the selection process proved challenging, with over 30 proposals received from different ESA Member States that did not yet have a national competition in their respective countries.

Six of these teams were selected to take part in the Launch Campaign that will take place at the Santa Cruz Air Field, 60 km north of Lisbon, Portugal, from 25 to 28 June 2015.

Each team is comprised of  4 to 10 secondary school students aged 16 years or more, and assisted by a teacher or tutor. ESA invited the teachers of the chosen teams to attend an introductory workshop at ESA’s ESTEC centre in The Netherlands, which will take place between 28 and 30 January 2015. Each teacher will receive training on topics such as sensors and signal analysis, data handling and transmission, software installation and programming, and will be given a CanSat kit. 

The teams will develop their projects and regularly submit Progress Reports to ESA, who will in turn send feedback to the teams and decide if the CanSats are flightworthy upon arrival at the Launch Campaign.

ESA Education would like to express sincere appreciation to all the teams that replied to the Call for Proposals.  They encourage them to apply again next year and to keep updated with their country’s  opportunities.

Introductory teacher training workshop

The teachers of the chosen teams will be invited by ESA to attend an introductory workshop at ESA’s ESTEC centre in The Netherlands which will take place on 28-30 January 2015. Each teacher will receive training on topics such as sensors and signal analysis, data handling and transmission, software installation and programming, and will be given a CanSat kit.  

All costs related to the teachers’ introductorworkshop will be borne by ESA. This includes traveexpensesaccommodationmealstraining material, and thprovision of the CanSat kit.

The 2015 launch campaign

The 2015 European CanSat Competition Launch Campaign will take place at the Santa Cruz Air Field, 60 km north of Lisbon, Portugal, on 25-28 June 2015. ESA will cover the accommodation, meals and local transportation expenses for the participating teams (one teacher and up to 4 students max),as well as all costs for the rocket launches and the related flight activities.

Teams are responsible for obtaining alternative sponsorship for any additional CanSat hardware they may need (beyond the kit supplied to the teacher), as well as for their travel expenses to and from the competition launch campaign location.

Note

The winning teams of the 2014 European CanSat competitions were:

  • For the advanced category:  Ro-Sat One team from Romania;  their CanSat included a miniature planetary rover.
  • For the beginners category: Kattsat team from Norway; their CanSat measured solar radiation using a flexible solar panel and three light sensors.

ESA Member States with a National CanSat Competition:
If the deadline of National CanSat competition in your country has already passed, consider applying next year!

Belgium
Organisers: Région wallonne and Région de Bruxelles-Capitale
Contact: http://www.innovativebrussels.irisnet.be/fr/nouvelles/cansat-belgium-2014-2016-appel-a-projets
For Bruxelles - Aline Franchimont This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For Wallonie - Elise Munoz-Torres This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Dates of launch Campaign: May 2015
Applications are in progress now

Nordic countries: Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland

Organisers: Nordic ESERO and NAROM
Contact: Thomas Gansmoe, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Dates of launch Campaign:20 -23 April 2015 at Andøya Space Center, Norway

Germany 
Organiser: Cooperation of various partners
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dates of launch Campaign: 6-10 October 2014
Applications are closed for this year

Ireland
Organisers: ESERO Ireland and Cork Electronic Industries Association
Contact: Stephanie Oneil, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dates of launch Campaign:20-21 March 2015
Applications are closed for this year

Italy
Organisers:Liceo Scientifico Statale "Alessandro Tassoni"
Contact:Marco Nicolini,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.cansat.it 
Dates of launch Campaign:September2015
Applications are open!Deadline: April 30th, 2015.

Portugal
Organisers: Centro AeroEspaço do Aeroclube de Torres Vedras and Ciência Viva
Contact: CanSat Portugal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dates of launch Campaign: Tentative May 2015

Romania
Organiser: ESERO Romania 
Contact: Virgiliu Pop ROSA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Dates of launch Campaign: Tentative April 2015

United Kingdom
Organiser: ESERO UK 
Contact: Tom Lyons National STEM Centre, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dates of launch Campaign: 12-14 March 2015
Applications are closed for this year