The 2017 mission simulates a solar powered sensor payload traveling through a planetary atmosphere sampling the atmospheric composition during flight.
The overall CanSat system is composed of two primary components, a science vehicle and a re-entry container that protects the vehicle during ascent, "near-apogee" deployment and initial re-entry/descent.
When deployed from the rocket the re-entry container shall descend with the vehicle secured in the container. Either the container shall release the vehicle or the science vehicle shall release itself from the container any time after deployment from the rocket. The intention of the container is to protect the science vehicle from the violent deployment and provide a more stable and less forceful release environment.
When the science vehicle is released from the container, it shall glide in a circular pattern with a diameter of no more than 1000 meters.
During flight, the glider science vehicle shall sample the air pressure and temperature at a rate of 1 sample per second and transmit the data to a ground station. The glider shall contain a magnetometer and a pitot tube to measure heading and speed.
When the science vehicle lands, transmission shall automatically stop and an audio beacon shall be activated automatically for recovery if the solar cells can support the beacon power requirements.