24.06.2019

AGH Space Systems among winners at space probe competition


photo from private archive of AGH Space Systems

With a score of 94.902% the AGH Space System team took third place at the prestigious international  Cansat Competition. The competition, which involved simulation of a real-life space mission, attracted almost 100 teams from all corners of the globe, of which 42 made it to the finals.

Student teams were set the task of building a small planetary probe which, during descent following launch and deployment at an altitude of 700 metres,  would collect specific data.

First, the probe underwent flight readiness review conducted by the Jury. Next, a rocket provided by the organisers launched the probe to a pre-defined altitude, where, after being deployed from the rocket, the probe, subject to orientation control, was to perform a number of complex measurements of atmospheric pressure and temperature. The collected parameters together with the telemetry data were transmitted in real time to a ground station to be later used by the competing teams for post flight presentations, in which they analysed the flight and the data collected.

CanSat is the largest and most prestigious academic satellite technology competition, which is organised by the American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and NASA. The event was held from 14 – 16 June 2019 in Stephenville, Texas, US.

AGH University of Science and Technology was represented by five students.  We are happy to remind our readers that it was not the first success of the AGH Space Systems Team: in the 2015 edition AGH UST students took first place and one year later – fifth.