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


May 17 - Rankings posted with combined PDR and CDR scores on Teams page. Current scores are extracted from the Team Scores page in the scoresheet.

Mar 27 - CDR template updated with missing page on page39.

Mar 27 - CDR Calendar is now available here.. Updated 3/31/2023

Mar 6 - Updated CDR template page 10 and added page 39.

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