·Get an idea          ·Organize a team          ·Design and build an satellite (CanSat)

·Perform a test mission aboard an aircraft          ·Launch your satellite with a rocket          ·Collect and analyze your data


What is the Mission CanSat Portugal


The CanSat Portugal is an educational project of the European Space Agency (ESA), organized in Portugal with the support of CIÊNCIA VIVA - National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture and the CENTRO AEROESPACO of the Aero Club Torres Vedras, with the aim of providing Portuguese students the first experience in projects related to space technology.



The Educational Relevance


The Mission CanSat implies a great involvement and student’s ability to work in a team environment that replicates an real operation, enhancing the practical application of the knowledge acquired throughout their school career.


At the pedagogical level, this mission involves experimental learning based on problem solving, where each student must demonstrate ability to work in teams, using the resources available.



The Challenge


The CanSat (satellite-shaped tin) is a functional model of a micro-satellite, in that all systems are integrated into the volume of a soda can.


The CanSat is launched by a rocket to a predefined height (1000 meters) so that during the descent you can perform a scientific experiment, capture the signals (telemetry) and ensure a safe landing.















The challenge for the team that performs the CanSat Mission is to design, build, test and operate the CanSat in all of its enveloping:


• Definition of mission objectives

• CanSat overall design

• Integration of components

• Definition and implementation of the recovery method

• Systems’s calibration

• Test flight aboard an aircraft

• Preparation for launch

• Launching with rocket

• Telemetry / data analysis

• Budget control

• Drafting of progress reports

• Presentation of results

• Distribution of tasks among team members



Operational Information


The dimensions of the CanSat module are identical to soda can,a cylinder with 115 mm height and 66 mm diameter, with a mass of 350g. According to the rules of the ESA, these parameters must be strictly observed.

The antennas and other devices (sensors, parachutes, etc.) can be mounted externally to the can, but the the outer envelope may not have dimensions greater than those until the module is ejected from the rocket.

CanSat The module is equipped with a system to allow its recovery in good operating condition, landing in a previously defined point. Although the most common method is the parachute, others may be used such as the gliding descent with a delta wing and lifting body, constituting another area in which the ingenuity and creative skills of the teams can lead to innovative and interesting solutions .


During the descent, after separation from the rocket launch, the CanSat shall emit telemetry data to a receiving station on the ground, whose design and construction is up to the respective teams.



Initial Training Workshop


In order to ensure that all teams have the equipment and knowledge needed to proceed with the CanSat mission, will be held an workshop fort teacher’s training.


 During training each teacher will receive a CanSat kit containing the primary components and will receive training on various subjects, including sensors and signal analysis, manipulation and transmission of data, software installation and programming.


Included in the Workshop is the launch of a CanSat using a rocket “Intruder”,a test flight aboard an aircraft  and initial training on Aerospace Techniques.

Competition 2016

If you are a high school student, build a team up 6 students and invites a teacher (required) to enter this challenge.


The competition CanSat Portugal 2014 will be the first national event of this kind, in which the winners will represent Portugal in the final of the European ESA CanSat.


For teachers and teams interested in taking part, just to enroll in the “Registry” menu and attend the Initial Workshop for Teacher’s Training, to be held on 12 and 13 December 2015 in the Santa Cruz beach aerodrome - Torres Vedras, Portugal.


The Initial Workshop for Teacher’s Training is free and includes the supply of a CanSat kit as well as lodging for the participants.


The participation in the CanSat Portugal 2016 competition is free of charge for all the team members.


Scheduled dates:


December 4, 2015 - Deadline for applications and project submit


December 12 and 13, 2015 - Initial workshop for teacher’s training


January 21, 2016 -  Deadline for 1st. progression report and  test parachute shipping (CTT)


February 3, 2016 - Announcement of selected teams for national final


April 6, 2016 -  Deadline for final report submit


April 16 and 17,  2016 - National competition final at Santa Cruz Beach aerodrome, Torres Vedras, Portugal




Download the Regulations HERE (portuguese only)


Enlists now your team with a teacher HERE




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