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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Amateur Space News April 22, 2014

Today’s headlines include a dwarf nova spotted by amateurs, companies trying to use amateur satellites radio frequencies, preparation for the KickSat release, a student plan to explore the Moon, and more.

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Lucid, the student cosmic-ray detector going into space

British high school students will send the Lucid, the Langton Ultimate Cosmic-ray Intensity Detector, cosmic-ray observatory to orbit in 2014. Adapting sensors from the Large Hadron Collider to detect intense photons, subatomic particles, and cosmic-ray particles, the student-designed experiment will mark the first time this technology has been used in open space and will produce science that nobody has seen before.

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Merritt Island Mustangs heading for orbit

Space exploration is a constant backdrop to the lives of students at Merritt Island High School. Only a few minutes drive south of Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center, the school’s students can see and hear every launch from the spaceport. Now space exploration is part of the students’ lives. Within the next year, Merritt Island students will send the second high school satellite into orbit.

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Amateur Space News April 12, 2014

Amateur-related space news ranged from eighth-graders doing research on the International Space Station to next week’s launch of crowdfunded satellites to a student rocket project and a student satellite project.

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European CanSat Competition

Every year the European Space Agency sponsors the European CanSat Competition to teach high school students in Esa member-nations how to design and operate a space mission. The students design a "satellite" that fits inside a 350ml soft drink can - a CanSat. Along the way they learn how to design and make electronic circuits and program flight computers.

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