This year the Soton CanSat team has entered the annual CanSat Competition organised by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) in the USA with sponsors including NASA, Siemens and Lockheed Martin.
This international competition engages students in an end-to-end life-cycle of a complex, space engineering project to design, build and launch a small, can-sized conceptual satellite or CanSat to specific environments. The CanSat will incorporate all major subsystems typically found in satellites such as sensors, communication and electrical power within a small volume.
We are a team of 10 students studying Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Physics all working together to represent the University of Southampton in this highly competitive and challenging project.
The final launch event will take place 9-12 June at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. For more information check out the CanSat Mission Guide.
Adrian Kraft: Project Lead
Laura Pearson: Sponsorship
Thomas Cross: Deputy Lead and Testing
Oli Perez: Sensors
Laura Brady: Descent Control
Pedro Prates: Mechanical
Harry Hancock: Communications
Dimitris Paparas: Electrical Power
Nicholas Horsman: Flight Software
Mia Lilley: Ground Control System
We have moved onto the final stage of the competition after scoring a fantastic 98.5185% in our Preliminary Design Review and we are looking forward to launching our CanSat at the launch event in Virginia, USA this summer.
We are also extremely proud of our previous competition performances, winning the UK CanSat Competition and receiving the Safety Champions award in the Mach-21 CanSat Competition in 2021.
Where will the money go?
The CanSat project is expected to cost approximately £11,000 in total if we achieve our funds target. Competition fees, electronic and mechanical components, radios and antennas, testing equipment, travel expenditures, T-shirts and merchandise are all included in this price. The itemised costs are detailed below, with flights to the launch event in the United States being the most important cost.
We will need a minimum of 4 team members in the USA however, we are hoping to send our full team of 10 students to ensure a successful outcome.
- Competition Entrance Fee: £150
- CanSat Materials: £500
- Testing Equipment: £250
- Team T-shirts: £200
- Train Tickets: £300
- Flights to the USA: £7500
- Taxis: £400
- Accommodation: £500
- Merchandise and Promotional Material: £200
- Contingencies: £1000
Although this cost might be greatly lowered by sending fewer team members to the launch event, a successful launch will determine the majority of the competition points. As a result, we believe that the project's budget is justified and with your support, we are hoping to send our full team of 10 students to ensure a successful outcome.
The Soton CanSat team at the Mach-21 CanSat Competition and Conference last year:
Separation of the Soton Cansat (top) from a test rocket and nose cone (bottom) . Shot by Oli Perez:
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How can you help us achieve our goal?
We are grateful for any level of support you can offer and we have put together an exciting reward scheme to say thank you to all our donors. Please share this project with anyone and everyone and follow us on LinkedIn!
If you are interested in sponsoring the team please Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all OUR CURRENT SPONSORS.