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.

2022 Competition Application Link

Launch is at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
June 9 - 12, 2022
CanSat Video


June 8 - Teams attending in person need to fill out a consent form here.

You can download the pre flight brief here.

June 2 - Remote Demo Calender is available here. Send an email with your team number and three time slots.

May 16 - Remote Demonstration is to be held June 14 to 24. A calendar will be made available June 2 for sign up. Follow the Cansat Demonstration Procedures document for the remote demo.

May 9 - We are organizing a remote demonstration competition for teams who cannot travel due to visa issues. More detials to come. Scoring will be separate from the in person competition and two sets of awards will be given. Remote demonstrations will occur after the in person competition.

March 28 - CDR Template slides have been updated. Page 98 has been replaced.

Oct 8 - Launch site set at Blacksburg, VA

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