Congratulations to our winning CanSat competition team – led by Ms Selkirk (Physics) & Mr Devereux (Engineering), who successfully move on to the national finals to be held in Birr Castle, County Offaly.

This competition, sponsored by the European Space Agency, is intended to further promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) amongst 2nd level students. Our teams’ Outreach Manager, Liam Murphy (5A2) has coordinated an excellent website which outlines the teams development during the design and testing of their canned satellite. This informative website can be found here.

CanSat Website


Thanks to Mr Darren Kinsella and his Quad Helicopter Drone for assisting the CanSat Project students with the final testing of their three prototype parachutes. Testing proved highly successful enabling the students to compete at the Regional finals in Newcastle Aerodrome, Wicklow. Thanks also to Mr Devereux and Ms Selkirk for their work with the students.

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What is a CanSat?

A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for the students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of a few hundred metres by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.

CanSats offer a unique opportunity for students to have a first practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: designing the CanSat, selecting its mission, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.

Category: Awards , Engineering , Physics , Second Year