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.

Launch location is Stephenville, Texas
June 14-16, 2019


Dec 14 - Competition Guide has been updated. Check requirement #7.
Nov 13 - Minor update to PDR template, page 59.
Nov 9 - Competition Score Sheet uploaded.
Sep 4 - Team application is now online. Enter team information here.
Aug 15 - Website has been rebuilt.
Aug 15 - Competition guide has been posted.
Aug 13 - Photos have been posted.