The CanSat competition saw students building a simulation of a real satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can. After building their CanSat and selecting its primary mission, the group of Crescent College students launched their CanSat using a quadcopter and saw it return safely thanks to its parachute. On its ascent and descent, the CanSat captured data using sensors and transmitted it wirelessly to the ground-station.
The Crescent College team saw off local competition and were then selected to represent Ireland at the European competition. The group will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors; last year, a team of students from Colaiste an Phiarsaigh in Cork went on to achieve second place at the European CanSat final in the Netherlands.
Students from the Crescent College team are blogging their experience and have also put together a series of videos on a dedicated YouTube channel, which outlines the project and tracks it through its various stages.