Students are working together in order to design and build a payload that will fit inside a small cylinder and weigh roughly 1.5lb (700 grams). The CanSat will be attached to a small rocket and launched between June 7-9, 2013 in Burkett, Texas.
Mission Description (from the CanSat website):
This mission simulates delivering a sensor payload to a planet's surface (assumes the planet has an atmosphere).
The overall CanSat system is composed of two primary components, a science payload (large hens egg) and a re-entry container that protects the payload during ascent, "near-apogee" deployment and initial re-entry/descent.
Once the deployed container/payload system reaches a low enough altitude the payload is released from the container to gently descend and safely land with the sensor (egg) intact. All operations are to be autonomous. "Near apogee" deployment will occur at an altitude of approximately 670 meters. Upon deployment from the rocket, the container and payload shall descend at approximately 20 meters per second using any passive descent control system. At an altitude of approximately 400 meters the payload shall be released from its container and descend under it's own control to a safe landing, keeping the egg intact. The safe landing shall be accomplished without using a parachute, para-foil, streamer, or any similar device to reduce its speed.
For the initial descent above 400 meters, the system will be in controlled descent via parachute. At the 400 m mark a servo will turn to unlock the payload from the container. From here a maple seedling idea will be deployed. The idea of the maple seed is to create additional drag, but also rotation which will then slow the container. The challenge is to orient the wings correctly and find the right amount of area of the wings that will slow down the payload to the requirement of 20 m/s or less. For the requirement of either a camera or impact force sensor as additional data collection, we choose the impact force sensor.
Team Members: Adrienne Rector (Team Lead), Kaylyn Beseler, Macy Rasley, Victoria Walker, Clayton Jacobs, Tim Murphy, Aaron Petrek, Alexander Collins, Michael Roznick, and Bryce Milnes.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Fabian