Carleton University’s Ravens Knights team has earned second place at the 2016 CanSat Competition, held in Burkett, Texas from June 10 to 12, 2016.
The annual NASA-sponsored competition brings together university and college engineering teams from around the world to design, build and launch their own aerospace system.
Organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the competition challenges teams to simulate the launch of a space probe through a planet’s atmosphere, where it collects atmospheric data during flight.
A second 10-person Carleton team, the Ravens Squires, competed for the first time this year and placed 21st out of the 40 teams.
Blackport said student interest in the Carleton CanSat group spiked after the Knights’ third-place victory last year, bringing in enough new members to form a second team for 2016.
Both the Knights and Squires are comprised of students from different years and programs in Carleton’s research-intensive Faculty of Engineering and Design, including Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering.
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Carleton's CanSat project page: http://cansat.carletonrobotics.com/?page_id=5