What is CanSat? A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite but with the dimensions of a can. Students take up the challenge of fitting all the important subsystems of a satellite into this small volume: the electrical power supply, the sensors and the communication system. The CanSat is then sent up to an altitude of several hundred metres by rocket. The mission: carry out a scientific experiment in space and land safely again.
The pupils are responsible for all elements of the project: designing the CanSat, choosing the mission, implementing the different components, testing and preparing for the launch and analysing the data collected. The Belgian CanSat competition takes place every year and fills a full school year. CanSat is aimed at third-grade secondary school students and their teachers. Short training sessions are provided for teachers who want to guide their pupils in this project.
On 23 March, the semi-final takes place. The jury will then select a maximum of 18 teams to participate in the Belgian launches.