CanSat is an international, year-long design competition hosted in Stephenville, Texas.
For the 2017 competition, our mission was to build a solar-powered Venus glider for atmospheric sampling, which would be launched on a high-power rocket for an Earth-based test. We constructed a fully 3D-printed glider with an integrated, custom-made circuit board containing all sensors, a flight computer, and a radio. The glider was designed with a pivoting wing system such that it could be stowed in a protective container for the launch and deployed at a pre-set altitude. The container consisted of its own circuit with telemetry broadcast capabilities and a glider release mechanism, and was encased in bubble wrap to keep the glider safe.
The 2017 CanSat team placed 25th out of 87 teams in the competition, learned a ton, and had an absolutely incredible year working on the project. We're excited to form a new team for the 2018 competition, which involves an entry, descent, and landing challenge.
The 2017 team was led by Isabel Cleff '18 and included Matthew Romer '18, Amanda Brown '19, Carter Green '20, Whitney Huang '19, Jeffrey Diament '18, Caleb Gum '18, Bhaskar Roberts '19, Mrudhula Baskaran '19, Hemani Kalucha '19, and Quinn Donohue '20.
The 2018 team will be led by Amanda Brown '19, Whitney Huang '19, and Bhaskar Roberts '19.