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


Jan 30 - Corrected requirement 52 in the guide. Update is available.

Jan 30 - Updated PDR Calendar here. Updated 1/30/23

Jan 24 - Updated competition guide to replace all references from container to payload. Download newest version.

Jan 22 - Cansat simulation file posted on the mission page.

Jan 13 - Updated competition guide section Added pressure sensor data to telemetry.

Dec 27 - Corrections made to competition guide. Please download the latest version.

Dec 13 - PDR Template has been updated to v1.1. Added a page for explaining how payload is made upright.

Nov 25 - Competition guide uodated with corrections.

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

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