A team of students from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) India took home the highly coveted top prize in the CanSat 2017international engineering competition. CanSat is a prestigious annual satellite design-build-fly competition organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Forty teams from across the world competed in the finals held in Texas, USA recently.
As the name suggests, CanSat or Canister Satellite involves building of a “satellite in a can.” During CanSat, teams have to design and build a device following the mission statement provided by the organizing committee and finally, launch it at the competition site. The UPES team developed a solar powered science glider that traveled through the planetary atmosphere, sampled atmospheric pressure, temperature, speed etc. and sent the readings of the gathered data wirelessly to the ground station. Team Astral’s overall score was 96.32 percent. Their project was evaluated in five areas: preliminary design review, critical design review, pre-flight readiness, launch operations and post flight review.
Team Astral of UPES consisted of 23 students of aerospace engineering, electronics engineering, computer science engineering, material science engineering, instrumentation, and control engineering and design studies. UPES has participated in this international competition since 2013. This year’s winning team was mentored by UPES faculty members Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana.