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 […]