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2014 Munster CanSat Competition

Douglas Community School, Cork and Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick to represent Munster at national final of the 2014 ESERO Ireland – CEIA CanSat Competition

Douglas Community School Cork and Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick are announced as joint winners of the Munster ESERO Ireland – CEIA CanSat competition held on February 15th 2014 at Cork Institute of Technology. The winning teams will now go on to compete at the National final of the competition at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly on 22nd March. Following that, the national winners will represent Ireland at the European CanSat final in Andoya, Norway in June of this year.

This year 9 Munster schools took part in this unique space project to create a CanSat – a simulation of a real satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can. The teams have been working tirelessly since October with mentors from CIT, UCC and Industry to bring their CanSat from design stage to lift off. Having selected its mission and integrated the components, teams today launched their CanSats using a quadcopter, which after release, returned to Earth safely using a parachute. As it ascended and descended, the CanSat captured data from sensors about its environment, and transmitted it wirelessly to the ground-station. The CanSat teams then analysed this data and made a presentation to a panel of judges.

Munster students have achieved notable success in the European CanSat competition, run by the European Space Agency (ESA).  Last year, the winners of the national CanSat competition, a team of nine students from Colaiste an Phiarsaigh in Glanmire, Cork, went on to achieve second place at the European CanSat final in the Netherlands, where their CanSat was launched by rocket to an altitude of 1km.

Crescent College Comprehensive from Limerick also achieved second place in the European CanSat competition in 2010.

The competition is a joint collaboration between ESERO Ireland (European Space Education Resource Office) and Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA.ie), and is co-funded by the European Space Agency and SFI Discover, the education and outreach programme managed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

The schools that took part in the 2014 Munster CanSat final were:

  • Douglas Community School, Cork

  • Crescent College Comprehensive, Limerick

  • Coláiste Daibhéid, Cork

  • Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney

  • Midleton College, Cork

  • Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk

  • Mount Mercy College, Cork

  • Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, Cork

  • St. Brogans, Bandon

The quadcopter and CanSat release pilots were Hagai Levy and Ernest Keefe of MOOG.

The Munster CanSat final was sponsored by CEIA member companies Genesis Circuits, Horner APG and MOOG.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Eamon Connolly
CEIA Electrical & Electronic Engineering Promotional Officer
086 2228 339