Amateur Space Weekly - September 25

Public observatories, Native American near space explorers, a student-made satellite from China, amateur solar flare observations helping science, and crowdfunding Australian radio astronomy are among this week's stories from the world of amateur space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - September 18

Community observatories in Australia and the US, Canadian teenagers conduct microgravity research, crowdsourcing aurora and comet sightings, and more in this week's recap of news from the world of amateur space exploration.

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UK, Austrian teens take European CanSat championships

The European Space Agency (Esa) announced the results of the European CanSat 2015 competition. The program challenges European teens to design, build, and launch a model satellite, giving them hands-on experience with the engineering and science of space exploration.

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Amateur Space Weekly - June 28

Amateur Space Weekly - June 28

Student experiments destroyed in SpaceX explosion, Europe's CanSat championship goes to Austrian and British schools, Australia's DIY satellite project and more in this week's recap of amateur space exploration.

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Irish High School Students Place 3rd in European CanSat Competition

Norway's Andøya Rocket Range, host of the European CanSat Competition ( Credit: European Space Agency )

Norway's Andøya Rocket Range, host of the European CanSat Competition (Credit: European Space Agency)

Students from Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick City travelled to Norway to launch their cansats on suborbital rockets. CanSats are mini-satellites small enough to fit inside a soft drink can. The students, who beat a field of five other schools to represent Ireland, designed their cansat to measure temperature, air pressure, water vapor, and Earth’s magnetic field during its descent. The European Space Agency organizes the CanSat Competition to encourage secondary school student participation in science and engineering.

(Via Business and Leadership)

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Amateur Space News Roundup May 22, 2014

Amateur Space News Roundup May 22, 2014

Today's headlines include student rocket contests, high school CanSats, university high-altitude balloons, crowdsourcing weather and astronomy, and the daily dose of Mars One candidate profiles.

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CanSats: Satellites-in-a-can lets students do space research

Space agencies and space companies often complain that too many young engineers graduate without any practical experience. CanSats let universities give students experience with all stages of a space-related mission: proposal, design, engineering, launch, data acquisition, analysis, and report. These satellites-in-a-can may not actually reach Outer Space, but they give college students - and high school students - experience they need to work on real space missions.

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