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Introduction

The 2019 mission will explore the use of auto-gyro descent control of a science payload when released from the launch vehicle. The CanSat shall consist of two parts, the science payload and the container to protect the science payload as it is deployed from the rocket.

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 payload 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 20 m/s. At 450 meters, the container shall release science auto-gyro payload. The descent rate shall be 10 to 15 m/s. As the science payload descends under auto-gryo control, the payload shall transmit telemetry which shall include sensors to track altitude using air pressure, external temperature, battery voltage, GPS position, pitch and roll and auto-gyro blade spin rate. When the science payload lands, all telemetry transmission shall stop and a located audio beacon shall activate.