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Introduction

Design a Cansat that shall consist of a container and two autorotating maple seed science payloads. The container shall contain electronics to release the autorotating maple seed science payloads and relay data from the payload to a ground station.

The Cansat shall be launched to an altitude ranging 670 meters to 725 meters above the launch site and deployed near apogee (peak altitude). Orientation of deployment is not controlled and is most definitely violent. The CanSat container must protect the science payloads from damage during the launch and deployment.

Once the CanSat is deployed from the rocket, the CanSat shall descend using a parachute at a descent rate of 15 m/s. At 500 meters, the container shall release one autorotating maple seed science payload. At 400 meters, the container shall release the second autorotating maple seed science payload. The container shall relay all telemetry sent from the science payloads until the container lands. The container shall also incorporate its own telemetry along with the autorotating maple seed science payload telemetry. The container shall transmit using the team number as its net ID.

The autorotating maple seed science payloads shall descend after being released and spin rapidly enough so its descent rate is less than 20 m/s. The science payload shall transmit telemetry once a second and include air pressure and air temperature. The science payloads shall transmit for five minutes after being released and use the team number plus 5 as its net ID.