Andøya Space Education has since 2009 held national and nordic CanSat competitions and European competitions in cooperation with the European Space Agency.
Andøya Space Education uses the following set of CanSat requirements that are compatible with the Intruder rocket used for launching the CanSat´s:
- All the components of the CanSat, with the exception of parachute, antenna and GPS, must fit inside a European soda can: 115 mm high and 66 mm diameter.
N.B. The rocket payload area usually has 4.5 cm of space per CanSat available, along the can’s axial dimension (i.e. height), which must accommodate all external elements including: parachute, parachute attachment hardware, and any antennas.
- The mass of the CanSat must be between 300 and 350 grams. CanSats that are lighter must take additional ballast with them to reach the 300 grams minimum mass limit required.
- The CanSat should have a recovery system, such as a parachute, capable of being reused after launch. It is recommended to use bright coloured fabric, which will facilitate recovery of the CanSat after landing.
- The antennas, transducers and other elements of the CanSat cannot extend beyond the can’s diameter until it has left the launch vehicle.
- For recovery reasons, a maximum flight time of 120 seconds is recommended. If attempting a directed landing, then a maximum of 170 seconds flight time is recommended.
- The descent rate is recommended to be between 8 m/s and 11m/s (If not other agreements or requirements have been made).
- Explosives, detonators, pyrotechnics, flammable materials, dangerous materials and biological payloads are strictly forbidden. All materials used must be safe for personnel, equipment and the environment. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will be requested in case of doubt.
- The CanSat shall operate with a battery or solar panels. It must be possible for the systems to be powered on for four continuous hours.
- The CanSat must be able to withstand an acceleration of up to 20G.
- The battery must be easily accessible, in case it has to be replaced or recharged in the Field.
- The CanSat must have an easily accessible master power switch.
- Inclusion of a retrieval system (beeper, radio beacon, GPS, etc.) is recommended.
- The total budget of the CanSat should not exceed €500.
Note that these requirements are just temporary guidelines. In the event of a competition the requirements will be announced.