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The winners of the 2018 National CanSat Competition

on 10 May 2018

The finals of the 2018 National CanSat Competition took place on 3-6 May and was organised by ESERO Romania, a project of the European Space Agency (ESA), in partnership with the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA).

The winners of the 2018 edition are:

  • First Place: Team „Canescent”, National College of Informatics „Tudor Vianu”, Bucuresti, coordinated by Mrs. Stoica Ioana;
  • Second Place: Team „Mikó18-CanSat”, Theoretical High School „Székely Mikó”, Sfantu Gheorghe, coordinated by Mrs. Peto Maria;
  • Third Place: Team „Flying Bots”, CoderDojo Timis

The Ministry of National Education, the Constanța County School Inspectorate and the National College „Mircea cel Batran" in Constanta were partners in this year's edition, in collaboration with the Alexandru Podgoreanu International Airport "Tuzla". ROSA signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of National Education with the purpose of promoting the use of space as a context to teach STEM subjects.

The CanSat competition is a simulation of a satellite integrated in the volume and shape of a standard dose of a soft drink. The challenge for students was to include all major subsystems of a satellite — such as those for electricity and communications — into a 330-ml dose of a refreshment drink.

Eight out of nine selected teams came at the finals. „Team eXplorers”, from the Technological High School “Nicolae Teclu”, Copșa Mică, coordinated by Mr. Berger Denis Adrian withdrew from the competition.

After the technical inspection, the team „IVEX („Ienachita Vacarescu Explorers")”, from the National College „Ienachita Vacarescu”, Targoviste, coordinated by Mrs. Voiculescu Mihaela, had to withdraw due to technical issues with the CanSat energy supply.

The remaining teams launched their CanSat from a plane, on the Alexandru Podgoreanu International Airport "Tuzla". The mini-satellites were launched from an altitude of about one kilometre, had to perform a mission and land safely.

Due to strong winds, the CanSats were carried along a greater distance than initially calculated. Only two CanSats were recovered, at about 5 km away.

After launch, the teams enjoy an informal networking activity, by the seaside.

The final presentations included scientific and technological information on building the CanSats, but also data interpretation, as well as educational points, such as conclusions and lessons learnt from the success or failure of the CanSat.

The secondary mission of the winning team, Canescent, was to measure atmosphere indicators in order to determine whether the area was habitable or not. The team also tried to detect volatile organic compounds and to measure the magnetic field.

The secondary mission of the Miko18 team focused on measuring atmosphere indicators, simulating the fall trajectory using a dedicated software and comparing the ideal trajectory with the actual results as indicated by measurements.

For the Flying Boots, CoderDojo team this was their first participation in such a competition. Their secondary mission aimed to detected atmospheric compounds.

As stated in the ESA European Rules, the evaluation criteria were: 50% scientific and technical achievement and 50% educational value, team work and outreach.

The winning team, Canescent, from the National College of Informatics “Tudor Vianu”, Bucharest, qualified directly in the European CanSat 2018 European Competition finals, organised by the European Space Agency between 28 June – 1 July, on the Santa Maria Island, Azore Islands, Portugal.

More details about CanSats in Europe are available on the official ESERO Romania website and the CanSats website.

 

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 Image credit: ROSA