University CanSat Challenge 2015-16
The biggest space event comes to India!!
The University CanSat Challenge – CanSat comes to India is a design-build-fly competition that provides teams with an opportunity to experience the design life-cycle of an aerospace system. The University CanSat Challenge is designed to reflect a typical aerospace program on a small scale. The mission and its requirements are designed to reflect various aspects of real world missions including telemetry requirements, communications, and autonomous operations. Each team is scored throughout the challenge on real world deliverables such as schedules, design reviews, and demonstration flights. This challenge will provide the background knowledge needed to facilitate near earth explorations in their own classroom. Here you will get to learn about how to proceed on like a conceptual satellite design phase gearing you up for future space missions. It’s a multi-disciplinary project involving all the departments of engineering and certainly will take you further into building space missions.
Payload Delivery System
Concept of Operations
The team is required to design the entire module comprising of systems like Payload Unit, On Board Computer & Software Development, Telemetry & GPS Tracking, Command & Data Handling, Ground Station Control, Housekeeping & Descent Control, Power Unit & Circuitry, Structure & Payload Health Unit and others related.
The main objective of the competition is to launch your designed payload to a certain altitude and put your system to real test environment with secondary objectives to acquire the payload data and perform given tasks.
The payload design has to be done and procured by your team which will later be mounted on your fabricated structure model. We are looking for interesting and innovative payload concepts and the most innovative experiments will make it to top.
The first step of the launch is to load your structure/payload to the given casing of the launch vehicle which will deploy the CanSat at the given altitude.
The CanSat (Cylinder of 10cm diameter-20cm height & 500 grams weight) will be attached to the primary parachute’s shrouds.
The Carrier has to begin transmitting live payload data to the ground station and the data needs to be displayed graphically as well has to be stored on board for post processing of lost data. GPS tracking sequence also has to be initiated before the launch.
Upon reaching the final countdown and after launching, the Tracking team has to start monitoring the trajectory of the CanSat and follow its trail after the launch for the recovery using GPS trackers, ground station data and radio data. Remember, the module can go far away.
After the crossing of 400 m altitude, the CanSat will be deployed from the Launch Vehicle the CanSat starts its experiment from then.
Role of the descent system begins where the descent rate has to be maintained at an average of 10 m/s using parachutes designed by you.
Upon descending to an altitude of 150m, the lander will have to be deployed/released off from the Carrier and it should perform its task as selected by your team.
The locating beacon i.e. the buzzer has to be of very high intensity and should initiate after crossing 150m mark. The parachute color also should be selected properly so that the module can be located visually very easily.
After successful recovery of the module, the team need to get back to launch site for data collection and after that the team will be given 1 day time to prepare the Post Flight Review.
Collective marks of Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Launch Achievements and Post Flight Review will decide the winner of the competition.
Each team shall select one of the following options as part of their mission design which will be implemented in the lander:
Stabilized Imaging System
Controllable Descend System
Optional Payload System
Solar Lander Payload
Preliminary Design Review
Critical Design Review
Launch Window & Launch Pad Location
Launch : 16th Janurary 2016 @ Bangalore , India
Post Flight Review : 17th January 2016 @ IISc Bangalore, India
If your team is dedicated to participate then please fill in the form below. We will keep you informed with latest happenings and tutorials to get ready for the next phase.
Prizes & Awards
Prizes worth 25K awarded to the winners
Best Innovation Award, Best Software Award, Best Payload Award, Best Structure Award and more..
Internship opportunity at ARDL and with other partners.