Cosmic Research partners with ESA and others to launch Spanish national CanSat competitions

15 mini-satellites were launched, involving 100 Spanish students.

Credit: Ibercivis Ciencia

Cosmic Research participated as official launcher in the Basque and Spanish CanSat competitions organized by the Diputación de Guipuzkoa, CanSat España and the European Space Agency, among others. The competitions took place in Berrozi (Álava), on April 21 and also in Campo de San Gregorio (Zaragoza), on May 5.

Credit: Enrique Pérez.

A CanSat is a prototype of a spatial probe – fully functional – that performs the last phase of an interplanetary mission, collecting data and sending it ashore during a controlled fall after rising – using rockets – up to 1,000 meters high.

Credit: Enrique Pérez.

Around 100 secondary and high school students from all over Spain participated in the competitions. Thanks to the preparation and the help of some rocket amateurs, Cosmic Research managed to successfully launch all CanSats. In the two days of competition, 9 launches were performed with rockets specially built for the occasion. In total, a total of 15 satellites were launched.

Cosmic Research participa en la final de CanSats 2018

Quemados por el sol pero no en espíritu! Ayer lanzamos 12 CanSats en la final nacional de CanSats organizada por CanSat España. Realizamos 6 lanzamientos con cuatro motores I218 Redline y un par de imponentes I357 Bluethunder, desplegando los satélites en parejas. Queremos dar las gracias a organizadores, educadores, estudiantes y en especial a Federico Meijide, que nos prestó su rampa y su experiencia. Os dejamos un fragmento del telediario de Aragón Televisión hablando de la jornada.

Posted by Cosmic Research on Sunday, May 6, 2018

The excitement of the contest reached the regional media. Credit: Aragón Televisión.

These competitions are intended to promote teamwork, technology and personal improvement so that students understand the process of study, design and manufacture of a satellite under the supervision of the European Space Agency (ESA).

A proposal for the mission badge, designed by Albert Sadurní. Instagram: therainymood

This CanSat competition is organized thanks to a large community of Zaragoza amateurs to astronautics and also has the support of various entities, such as ZGZMakerspace, Cesar Laboratories, BIFI, University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, ESERO, GMVSpain, gaZ, Fundación Ibercivis, CENAD of San Gregorio, Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa, Etopia, LeemUZ, as well as the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

Cosmic Research launches a mini-satellite made by junior students

On September 23, Cosmic Research sucessfully launched a Cansat developped by high school students from IES Terrassa. The launcher, a high-power rocket named Ansari, rose 1439,1 m above Alcolea de Cinca, SpainRocektry’s launch site.

This launch was part of a mission named before the launcher, whose main objectives were to offer basic training to Cosmic Research’s new recruits and to test Cansat deployment technology. A Cansat tries to mimic the technology used in miniaturized satellites and serves educational purposes. Cansat competitions are organized periodically all over Europe and the United States to promote education about space sciences and excite young students about space activities.

In order to test their Cansat for future competitions, a teacher from IES Terrassa, a high-school in the province of Barcelona, contacted Cosmic Research to establish a collaboration agreement. The Association gladly accepted and started working in a new rocket specially designed for that purpose. Named after the Iranian astronaut Anousheh Ansari, the rocket was assembled from an Intruder rocket kit by Cosmic Research’s summer new recruits and launched for the first time on August 5. The rocket deployed a mockup Cansat successfully.

Following the success of this first test launch, the rocket was launched a second time carrying the real Cansat developped by the young pupils. Both teams met again on a rocket day organized by Spain Rocketry, Tripoli’s Rocketry Association Prefecture in Spain. Weather was favorable, with little wind and no clouds. Both junior students and Cosmic members joined forces and achieved a successful launch and a safe recovery.

The rocket reached a peak altitude of 1439,1 m above the launch site (221 m) according to the data collected by the Cansat. Then, the rocket separated into two parts plus the Cansat thanks to a pyrotechnic charge installed in the end of the motor. All parts were recovered undamaged thanks to the opening parachutes. They were located afterwards with the help of the Cansat GPS in a radius of less than 1 km from the launchpad. All participants later shared a meal as conclusion for the rocket day.

This mission has been covered by La Vanguardia, el Diari de Terrassa and Nació Digital.

Onboard camera shows the Cansat deployment at apogee. The full video will be published in our YouTube account.

Cosmic members next to INS Terrassa students before placing the rocket on the launchrail. Credit: Jordi Escofet Miró.