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2015 European CanSat Competition - Call for proposals

Big dreams often start small. If you dream of sending a big mission to space, then the best way to start is with something the size of a soft-drink can. Send your proposal and participate in the 2015 European CanSat Competition!

ESA’s Education Office, in collaboration with the Portuguese AeroClube de Torres Vedras  and the National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, Ciencia Viva, is  inviting secondary school students to enter the 2015 European CanSat Competition. The deadline for entries is 7 December 2014.

CanSats are small ‘satellites’ containing all the necessary subsystems found in a real satellite - such as power and communications – that fit into a 330ml soft-drink can. They do not go into space but are released from a rocket or a balloon at an altitude of about 1 kilometre. On their way back to the ground, CanSats have to perform a certain mission and land safely.

ESA’s  European CanSat Competition requires that every CanSat be designed to complete a primary as well as a secondary mission.A CanSat descending medium

The CanSat’s primary mission is the same for all participating teams: to measure the air temperature and air pressure as it falls back to Earth. The data must be transmitted by the CanSat at least once every second so that the team can analyse it and display it on a graph.

How to apply: 

  1. Check the eligibility of your team.
  2. Read carefully the 2015 European CanSat Competition Guidelines.
  3. Download and complete the official proposal form from here.
  4. Send an email to ESA before 24:00 CET on Sunday 7 December 2014 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject: “2015 European CanSat Competition Call for Proposals”.

Eligibility: 

In order for a proposal to be considered eligible, the following conditions should be fulfilled:

  • The team should comprise between 4 and 10 secondary school students (aged 14+), and be assisted by a teacher.
  • The team members must be enrolled as full-time students at a secondary school in an ESA Member State.
  • The team’s Member State should not be any of those hosting a national CanSat competition (see list below), since a place for the winning team of each national competition is already reserved.
  • The majority of the team members must be nationals of an ESA Member State.
  • A complete application must be emailed to ESA before 24:00 CET on Sunday 7 December 2014 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject: “2015 European CanSat Competition Call for Proposals”.

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

Czech Republic
Organisers: ESERO Czech Republic
Contact: Lukas Holman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dates of launch Campaign: TBD 2015
Applications are in progress from January 2015

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: Tentative November 2014
Applications are closed for this year

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