The finals of the 2018 CanSat National Competition, Constanța, 3–6 May

on 02 May 2018

Between 3 and 6 May 2018, nine teams of high school students will participate in the Finals of the 2018 CanSat National Competition. The event is organised by ESERO Romania, a project of the European Space Agency (ESA) in partnership with the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA). The Constanța County School Inspectorate and the National College „Mircea cel Batran" in Constanta are partners for this year's edition, in collaboration with the Alexandru Podgoreanu International Airport "Tuzla".

The programme of the competition finals is as follows:

The teams selected for the final round of the competition are:

The CanSat competition is a simulation of a satellite integrated in the volume and shape of a standard dose of a soft drink. The challenge for students is to include all major subsystems of a satellite — such as those for electricity and communications — into a 330 ml dose of a refreshment drink.

The CanSat will be launched from an altitude of about one kilometre, will have to perform a mission and land safely. Projects selected for this year's edition will be launched using an airplane. The launching campaign will take place at the Alexandru Podgoreanu Tuzla International Airport.

Prior to the launch, the CanSat prepared by each team will undergo a technical inspection to determine whether it meets the requirements for size, weight, radio communications and parachute.

The winning team of the National Competition will qualify directly for the Finals of the 2018 European CanSat Competition, organised by the European Space Agency.

More details about CanSats in Europe are available on the official ESERO Romania website and the CanSats website.

Media representatives can participate at the event. Accreditation of journalists can be done at this here.

Image credit: ROSA