The American Astronautical Society (AAS) has organized an annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics. Although similar competitions exist for other fields of engineering (robots, radio-control airplanes, racing cars, etc.), most space-related competitions are paper design competitions. While these are worthwhile, they do not give students the satisfaction of being involved with the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system and concluding with a post-mission summary and debrief. This competition fulfills that need!

This annual competition is open to teams from universities and colleges. Teams must be able to design and build a space-type system, following the approved competition guide, and then compete against each at the end of two semesters to determine the winners. Rockets will be provided but teams are responsible for funding the construction of their CanSat and all travel/lodging expenses.

Competition Application Link

Launch is a Virtual Demonstration
June 10, 2021
CanSat Video


Apr 1 - Updated MQTT document with sample data format to publish to MQTT server.

Jan 21 - Sample of the simulation file for the ground station has been posted to the mission page.

Dec 2 - PDR and CDR slides have been updated for the remote CanSat demonstration. Demonstration procedures have been posted. Your ground station will need to publish data in real time to an MQTT server.

Nov 13 - Environmental Test Document Template has been uploaded to the mission page.

Nov 13 - Due to the pandemic getting worse and not able to plan for the unknown, the competition will be held virtually. Teams will still need to design and build their cansats and will demonstrate the operation live under simulation mode. We will provide details in a month on how to demonstrate the cansat operation which will include sending telemetry to an mqtt broker.

Free CAD software from Siemens available by clicking on the logo on the main page.