esa CanSat

The Team Impulse Logo (a blue gear with tools).

Starting in Junior year of high school, I worked in a team of 8 to produce the satellite seen in the image attached below. The specifications for the satellite dictated that it had to be small enough to fit in a standard drinks can.
Initially I attended the UK national competition and worked with two peers to design, build, test and present the first satellite model. (Images of the original model can be found here.) We proceeded to win the nationals in York and progressed to the international stage in Portugal.
The months in between were spent improving the model, going through over 13 iterations of the design before the specifications met the stringent guidelines set by the ESA.
In Lisbon we launched the can 1,000m in a rocket and dropped it. Throughout its descent it took and transmitted measurements to the base station we were hosting a mile away from launch. We then presented our findings to a panel of judges and won the international CanSat competition.
Our final CanSat report can be found here. For 3D models and renderings of the design, please get in touch!

A team photo of the St. Paul's Team Impulse in Lisbon, Portugal. A photo of both St. Paul's teams in York, UK.
The satellite post-flight in Lisbon, Portugal.
CanSat Prototype 2 Concept. CanSat Prototype 2 Expanding Wheel Concept.
CanSat Prototype 2. CanSat Prototype 2.
CanSat Prototype 2. CanSat Prototype 1.
CanSat Isometric Documentation.