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Cansat Pico kit in few words

The CanSat-Pico-Kit is build around the Raspberry-Pi Pico plateform.

The Raspberry-Pi Pico is a powerful dual core microcontroller created by the Raspberry-Pi foundation. The Pico goes far beyond the Arduino Uno in terms of power and capabilities.

It is distributed with the MicroPython firmware and can also be programmed with C++ and Arduino.


Just care about voltage, the Pico is 3.3V logic. Do not apply any voltage greater than 3.3V to any GPIO on the Pico.

MicroPython is a very robust environment natively compiling and running python script. MicroPython fits a compiler, a python virtual machine and a file system to store the script. Thanks to MicroPython, everything learned with Python language or MicroPython boards can be applied to the Pico.

The kit is designed to ease the prototyping phase, it can be open flat on the desk to ease access to every logic signals and components/boards added to the initial setup.


The "Cansat Pico Board" feature the Raspberry-Pi Pico and already embeeds useful and smart features to ease the prototyping and testing phase for your Cansat project.

When the kit was designed, we did forseen the fact that the project could either be:

  • placed between the boards (inside).
  • placed ouside of the boards and use a shorter ribbon (boards are enclosed right in the middle of the project).

We did also features a Qwiic/StemmaQt connector available underside. This very compact connector do features power and I2C bus. It can be used to quickly and safely connects toons of I2C capable sensors boards.


Just flip over the "Cansat Pico Board" to discover additional features available underside the Pico.

As we can propotype under the board, it is also very important to have the board fully labelled this side.


As the Raspberry-Pi Pico doesn't features Lipo battery circuitery, we do added a special connector to plug an Adafruit PowerBoost 500 charger on the board.

Just connect the Pico to you computer (or power it with a wall adapter) and the Lipo will auto-magically starts to charge-up.

Unplug your pico from computer and the PowerBoost charger will take over. The Lipo will discharge to power your project.

Thanks to the PowerBoost, your cansat projet do also have a 5V power rail (500 mA max).

Needs to spare energy? no problem, the "Power Off" pin is available near of the board boundary. Once the PWR_OFF tied to the ground, the PowerBoost is disabled (as Pico and the project).


Cansat Pico Kit content

The Cansat Pico Kit is designed to be compact, evolutive, customisable, sizable (in height) and programmed in Python (thank to MicroPython).


Once assembled with spacer you designed, you do have a cylindrical development plateform with plenty of space.


You can develop your project:

  • either in the inner space between the bottom and the top boards.
  • either using smaller spacers to develop your project in the inner space and also the outer space.

Outer space can also be used thanks to the through holes PCBs and the labelling the both sides of the PCBs.

Pico Boards

The Raspberry-Pi Pico is at the earth of this kit. One is soldered onto the Cansat Kit, the other is free for use to make prototyping or creating the receiving base station.


See the Cansat Pico User Guide section for more information on its integration.

See the Official Pico MicroPython starter guide for learning more about MicroPython on Pico.

Kit content

  Description Quantité
Raspberry-Pi Pico
Dual core RP2040 MCU @ 133 MHz with 264Ko RAM & 2 Mo Flash. One Pico is used on the Cansat kit, the other is used for prototyping.
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Cansat base dev. board for Pico
Solder a Pico onto it and drive your cansat project with MicroPython.
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Cansat proto board
Prototyping board connected to the Pico GPIO.
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FPC ribbon
This ribbon connects the base board to the proto board.
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USB A/microB 1m cable
Can be used to plug your pico on a computer to program it or to reload the Lipo.
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Half Size Breadboard
Solderless breadboard are used for fast prototyping.
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Multi-functional breadboard wires
Set of wires with plug that can be modified from female to male.
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PowerBoost 500 charger
Convert a Lipo battery power into usable 5V power source. This board can also reload the Lipo when the kit is powered via USB.
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Alternative to Powerboost 500 charger
Also convert Lipo battery power into usable 5V power. This board can also reload the Lipo when the Kit is powered via USB.
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Lithium Polymer Battery
Transform the Feather into an autonomous plateform with this 1300mAh Lipo.
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JST-SH fast connexion wire
This 100mm wire can be used to connect Qwiic or StemmaQt board to the Pico in a snap
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BMP280 – Barometric pressure sensor
Easily evaluate pressure, altitude and temperature. This board expose a StemmaQt connector
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TMP36 – analog temperature sensor
Transform the sensor voltage read on analog input into an easy-to-read temperature.
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RFM69HCW Transceiver Radio
Transport data over long distance with packet radio. One breakout act as emitter, the second one as receiver.
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