The first step in the establishment of educational projects was the CANSAT programme. CANSAT is a small “satellite”, with all components, such as sensors, actuators, and GPS, housed inside a 500-ml Can. CANSAT provides an affordable opportunity for educators and students to acquire basic knowledge of space engineering and to experience engineering challenges in building a satellite.

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A CANSAT is launched by an amateur rocket or balloon and released to an altitude of few hundreds of meters. The CANSAT project gave the students practical training in the development of an educational satellite and students were able to conceptualize the mission, plan and design as well as build and test their products on the ground, operate and improve iteratively their CANSAT prototypes.

CanSat Prototype
© ANU SSTL CanSat, 2013.