The winning CanSat of 2019 has been added to the permanent collection of the Vienna Technical Museum. It has thus become a piece of Austrian technological history.
The smartExplorer team from HTL Rennweg, Vienna, won the competition in a neck-and-neck race at CanSat Austria 2019. Now the winning CanSat has been included in the permanent exhibition of the technical museum. The exhibition includes the CanSat built by the students including a parachute, information about the competition and an impressive video of the 2019 competition.
Be sure to stop by the next time you visit Vienna or take a trip to the Vienna Technical Museum!
If you are interested in the competition, simply join in next time!
The CanSat Austria project has been taking place in Austria since 2017. It is a competition for high school students. Their task is to build a satellite the size of a beverage can. This is transported by a rocket to a height of around 500 meters and ejected. During its descent back to the ground, the CanSat must complete two missions.
In the primary mission, the mini-satellite is to measure temperature and air pressure and transmit the values to the ground station at least once per second. From the air pressure values collected, the actual ejection altitude and fall rate must be determined. In addition, a temperature profile shall be obtained.
In addition, the satellite is to fulfill a mission chosen and developed by the participants themselves. The starting point can be a scientific question, a technical problem or a project idea of social relevance.
Participation in the CanSat competition offers students the opportunity to go through all phases of a real space project. These range from mission selection, design of the CanSat, integration of technical components, technical test runs and the actual launch of the mini-satellite to scientific analysis of the acquired data. In addition, soft skills such as teamwork and interdisciplinary thinking are trained.
The winning team qualifies for the international ESA CanSat competition, where the students can compete with the winners from other European countries.