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.

2023 Competition Application Link

Launch is at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
June 8 - 11, 2023
CanSat Video


Nov 25 - Competition guide uodated with corrections.

Oct 14 - Competition guide updated with corrected dates for application and PDR

Sept 22 - Competition guide updated with better description for the flag.

Sept 12 - Competition guide updated with correction. Download version 1.0b.

August 31 - The team application link is now active.

August 13 - Updated competition guide with corrected dates

August 4 - 2023 CanSat Competition Guide has been posted.

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