Participants are invited to design and build an educational can-sized satellite for the purpose of carrying out a space mission that they themselves have envisioned. The satellite launches onboard a rocket built by SPIN at an altitude of 1km where it ejects and lands safely with a parachute while performing the mission that the team has chosen.
The competition has a duration of 8 months and has two categories, one for high school and one for university students. The winner of the high school category directly qualifies for the CanSats in Europe competition organized by ESA, while the university category is the first systematic effort to create a space contest for university students in Greece. The winner of the university category qualifies for the worldwide competition of WCRC.
The CanSats in Europe competition was organized for the first time in 2010 by the European Space Agency (ESA). Since then, nine European competitions have been held with an equal number of Greek entries. Greek missions have twice occupied second place in 2012 and 2014.
The teams that have participated in the competition till CanSat in Greece was first held:
The teams that won and qualified for the European competition are:
The idea of CanSat in Greece was born in October 2015 when, during a debate on innovative actions organized by the IEEE NTUA SB, the students Ilias Psyroukis, Ilias Theodoridis and Stratis Tsirtsis proposed the organization of the competition with European standards. These three students participated in the European CanSat Competition in 2012 as students of the 3rd General Lyceum of Mytilene with the Icaromenippus 3D team, winning the second place. Continuing their course in technology, they went to the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. In order to give the Greek students the chance to experience this unique experience they decided to organize the first Greek CanSat Competition.
The university students category was first introduced in the 2018 competition and arose from the need of university students to experience the process of designing and developing their own space mission.
CanSat in Greece’s mission is to give participants the opportunity to go through all the stages of a real space program.
The teams are tasked to envision a space mission, design their satellite, conduct a market research, build it, test it, launch it, and analyze and present the data it has collected.
Through this process, the participants:
Following the submission of applications for the implementation of a space mission in September of its year, 10 teams from each category qualify, are trained and move into the implementation phase of their satellite. Each team consists of 4-6 participants and a team leader.
The Launch Event of CanSat in Greece is the main event of the competition taking place in April. The Launch Event is the four-day event in which all teams launch their satellites and present their findings.
The competition in all its phases is Open Source and Open Hardware and maintains a knowledge repository for anyone interested.