Cansat

Could you build a satellite?

Cansat Team at GMIT

CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level students (transition year and upwards) run by ESERO Ireland in association with GMIT and other Institutes of Technology around the country.

A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, built inside an empty soft drinks can.

The competition involves teams of 2nd Level school students competing to design, build and test a CanSat. They are trained and supported throughout the process by GMIT staff and corporate mentors. 

The competition gives students a feel for the excitement of technological achievement by launching their own ‘satellite’, and gives them their first practical experience of a real space project.

Download our GMIT Cansat brochure here.

Students watching a drone lift a CanSat
Students examining their CanSat
Mission Control - monitoring the flight of their CanSat
Students watching their CanSat "return to earth"

GMIT CanSat - Engineering Secondary Schools Project 2014

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CanSat on RTE TV series , Insiders

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