More than 40 college and university teams from around the world vied for honors June 8-10 in Stephenville.
Teams from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Mexico, India, Iran, Italy, Turkey and Poland competed to launch a space probe into the sky. Each probe carried a large hen’s egg, which had to survive the flight.
Probes were launched inside rockets, which flew 670 to 725 meters. The probes included sensors for tracking altitude using air pressure, external temperature, battery voltage and GPS position.
CanSat required teams to work on a complex engineering project, allowing them to experience — on a small scale — a typical aerospace program, from preliminary design to a post-mission debriefing. The hands-on competition fosters creativity and teamwork.
The top five teams were:
2. Bulent Ecevit University, Turkey
3. Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
4. Hacettepe University, Turkey
5. Arizona State University
In addition to Tarleton and AAS, this year’s CanSat competition was sponsored by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, NASA, Siemens, Kratos and Praxis Inc.
As host for this year’s AAS CanSat contest, Tarleton’s internationally recognized aeronautical team did not compete.
Tarleton’s aeronautical team was created in 2011 to compete in the international CanSat competition and has participated in a NASA-based contest every year, bringing home third-place honors in the 2016 Student Launch Centennial Challenge and winning second place in 2015.
Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience, marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. Offering degree programs in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online to more than 13,000 students, Tarleton engages with communities through real-world learning experiences to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.