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What is CanSat?

CanSat Contest simulates the fly of miniaturized satellites named CanSat (Can Satellite).

The CanSat is an autonomous devices enclosed within the volume of a soda can.

The volume of a CanSat has the following characteristics: 66mm diameter, 115mm height for a masse of 350gr.

As the CanSat have small volume and are very affordable, the CanSat contest is great for learning more about space technologies.

The CanSats are deployed from a rocket (the launch vehicle) at a height of about 3000m depending on the competition (see all the details in the contest rules).

The CanSats are not orbited and are always deployed in the athmosphere. So they always comes back to the earth.

The CanSat volume cannot increase until the CanSat is deployed out of the rocket.

This means that external antenna is allowed only after the CanSat left the rocket.

A parachute (that increase the volume of the CanSat) is usually used to limit damages. The aim is to reuse the CanSat for several missions.

In Europe, the CanSat contest includes two missions:

  • Mission 1: mesure pressure and temperature and transmit data in real time.
  • Mission 2: free choice mission (using Intertial Measurement Unit, GPS, MPX differential pressure sensor, etc).

How to subscribe the contest?

In Europe, the CanSat competition is promoted by the ESA (source).

For Belgium, the CanSat Belgium competition is promoted by InnovIris (CanSat Belgium NL, CanSat Belgium FR, CANSAT Belgium FaceBook )

About this Wiki

MC Hobby does promote, mainly in French, the Arduino Open-Source plateform, MicroPython, Raspberry-Pi, coding, electronics to made knowledge freely available de the mass.

This CanSat Belgium Wiki is one of the MC Hobby documentation project.

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Getting Started

Hardware discovery

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Discover the various items included within the kit.

Arduino IDE

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Prepare your Arduino IDE environment

Feather User Guide

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. The Feather M0 Express user guide.

 

Test the sensors

BMP280 sensor

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Test the BMP280 pressure and elevation sensor.

TMP36 sensor

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Test the TMP36 analog temperature sensor

RFM69HCW radio

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. User guide for the RFM69HCW radio module.

RFM69HCW Testing

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Testing the communication with RFM69HCW.

Receiving Data

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Receiving data with the RFM69HCW.

 

Mission 1

description of mission1.

Mission 1

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Wire sensors and capture datas.

Mission 1

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Sending data over radio.

 

Mission 2

Optionnal: adding GPS.

Mission 2

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. Wire a GPS and capture datas.

 

Ressources

Optionnal: adding GPS.

CanSat 3D

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. CanSat 3D models to print your own one

Radio Antenna

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. A well designed Antenna can increase the communication distance

Parachute

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TRAVAUX EN COURS. How to design the parachute

 

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