From a nordic competition to a european one
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 taking part in this competition 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, where it carries out its scientific experiment and achieves a safe landing.
Before the official European CanSat competition takes place, several national CanSat competitions will be held in various ESA member states. The winners of the national competitions will be able to participate in the European one.