CanSat Competition


The American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have organized an annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics. Although similar competitions exist for other fields of engineering (robots, radio-control airplanes, racing cars, etc.), most space-related competitions are paper design competitions. While these are worthwhile, they do not give students the satisfaction of being involved with the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system and concluding with a post-mission summary and debrief. This competition fulfills that need!

This annual competition is open to teams from universities and colleges. Teams must be able to design and build a space-type system, following the approved competition guide, and then compete against each at the end of two semesters to determine the winners. Rockets will be provided but teams are responsible for funding the construction of their CanSat and all travel/lodging expenses.

Join the Yahoo Group: cansatcomp. When you join, specify which team you are on.

High Schools interested in an aerospace competition, go to the Battle of the Rockets

Launch Location for 2015 is Burkett, Texas

June 12-14, 2015

Updated March 23, 2015

What is updated:

CDR Template updated with corrections


March 31, 2015 - CDR documents are due

CDR Reviews start April 6