Kildare school wins national space competition with rocket launch
18 April 2016
Students from Belvedere College at the CanSat Final held in Birr Castle, Co Offaly
A team from Confey College in Kildare has won the national final of the CanSat competition, which challenges students to design, build and launch mini-satellites in the shape of a soft drink can.
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite in the size and shape of a soft drink can and is a European Space Agency initiative designed to inspire young people to pursue a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.
Confey College, Kildare was announced as the overall winning team at the 2016 CanSat National Final and will now go on to represent Ireland at the European final which takes place in Portugal from the 22 to 26 June 2016.
Each team had to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite to their CanSat including power, sensors and communications – and provide a parachute to ensure the can had a gentle landing.
“CanSat is a unique space project that simulates a real satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can – students launch their own satellite and get first-hand practical experience of a real space project. This initiative is designed to encourage and excite transition year students as to the possibilities of a career in science and engineering,” said Dr Eamon Connolly, electrical and electronic engineering promotion officer, CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network.
“I would like to thank the individual team mentors who worked tirelessly with the teams in the run up to the final, and I would also like to thank our judges Neil Murray, Design Engineer at ESA/ESTEC, and Dr Niall Smith Cork Institute of Technology,” said Stephanie O’Neill, ESERO Ireland manager, Science Foundation Ireland.
There are five regional partners including Athlone Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, and Limerick Institute of Technology.
The competition is a joint collaboration between ESERO Ireland and the CEIA and is co-funded by the European Space Agency and Science Foundation Ireland.
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