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    NASA Astronaut Launches Arralis Backed Unique Space Competition for School Students

NASA Astronaut Launches Arralis Backed Unique Space Competition for School Students


Calling on Limerick secondary school students to compete
Teams to be supported by mentors from Limerick Institute of Technology and industry partners
CanSat kits to be sponsored by leading Irish space sector company Arralis

(Press Release from www.lit.ie) The 2015 ESERO Ireland – CEIA CanSat Competition was launched today with the help of former NASA astronaut and President and Executive Director for the Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Greg Johnson. The competition offers secondary school students a unique opportunity to participate in a real space project by building a CanSat – a simulation of a satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can.

All of the participating teams will launch their CanSats at regional finals across Ireland next year, with the winner of the national competition going on to compete in the European final in Portugal in June 2015. The Limerick teams will be supported by mentors from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and industry partners. Arralis, an Irish space sector company with world-leading expertise in radio frequency, micro and millimetre-wave technology, will sponsor the CanSat kits supplied to participating teams.

Irish students have achieved notable success in previous CanSat competitions, run by the European Space Agency. Last year, the winners of the national CanSat competition, a team from Crescent College Comprehensive in Limerick succeeded in securing third place at the European CanSat finals in Norway, where their CanSat was launched by rocket to an altitude of 1km. In 2012, a team of nine students from Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Cork won second place at the competition in the Netherlands.

Commenting on the competition, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, said:
“A key component of the Government’s Action […]

By |December 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

Arralis wins European Space Agency contract


Arralis wins European Space Agency contract
Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation congratulates Arralis on contract to deliver radar chipset for use in space

The European Space Agency has awarded a significant contract to Arralis, a technology company servicing the aerospace and security sector founded and based in Limerick.

Arralis designs and manufactures high frequency semiconductor chips, modules and antennas up to and beyond 110GHz. Under the contract Arralis will deliver a 94GHz radar chipset with space end-use applications, such as unmanned landing of spacecraft and to identify and avoid space debris.

Welcoming the announcement Damien English T.D., Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation said; “I wish to congratulate Arralis on its success in winning this highly strategic development contract from the European Space Agency. Arralis is another example of an Irish company developing a highly innovative technology for the European space programme. The technology also has potential for use by the commercial space and aerospace market with the support of ESA. I wish Arralis every success in its space endeavours and in its future growth”

Previous radar systems used by international space agencies worked well when being controlled by an astronaut to guide the craft onto a suitable site; however, remote planetary landings have been difficult and prone to failure. The 94GHz radar system, developed by Arralis, can be used to identify dangerous landing zones with the identification of small objects, such as rocks, which may cause damage to the spacecraft. With the amount of space junk objects currently orbiting the Earth estimated to be 700,000 larger then 1cm and more than 170 million larger than 1mm, debris avoidance has never been a more critical issue when you consider the expensive satellite real-estate which could […]

By |December 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments|