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We're 4 students from the HTL Leonding, Austria
and our goal is to create a radio sonde that evaluates the habitability of extrasolar planets.
After winning the 4th Austrian CanSat competition, we'll compete as Austria's representives against other radio sondes in the 2021 European CanSat competiton from September 29th till October 8th.
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In order to succeed in our project, we've decided to achieve the following objectives:
o Investigating the environmental influences
o Safe landing using a parachute and landing gear
o Carrying slime molds as a biological sensor
o Expanding the battery life via solar cells
o Ongoing data transmission via radio between the radio sonde and the ground station
o Evaluating the habitability of the extrasolar planet with the collected data
WORKING ON THE PROJECT
=> Austrian National Competition
The Austrian National Competition took place from April 26th to 28th and began in the ARS Electronica Center (Linz) with the presentation of our project, verifying if the CanSat sticks to the rules and then working on the radio sonde before it was given to the organizers in the evening.
The next day we drove to Schärding-Suben Airport, near to the German border, where the rocket launch took place with the help of the TU Space Team who conducted this event with their own rocket and launch pad. Sadly, because of a malfunction in the rockets engine, the CanSat was released at a height of about 100 meters instead of the planned 500m. But the good news is that our CanSat descent went perfectly and wasn't damaged.
On the third and final day, we had the opportunity to present via an online meeting our results to a diversified jury with members from varios economic sectors. And with a lot of success, because we managed to win the whole competition! Of course we had our painful problems in our project, but we're happy for the admiration, respect and good feedback that we got from the jury members.
Our journey surely isn't over yet, since we aim for a good performance in the 2021 European CanSat competition which will start in the end of September. But we're happy to achieve this milestone with a lot of success and are prepared for what is awaiting us in fall.
At the end, we would like to thank thank ARS Electronica Center, ESERO Austria and TU Space Team for conducting the national competition with a lot of professionalism. Also, we want to thank the mayor of Leonding, Dr. Sabine Naderer-Jelinek, for taking our invitation to the rocket launch and for the generous gift that was handed over to us. And of course, our many thanks goes to all of our sponsors, namely TÜV Austria, Rosenbauer, Haberkorn, Microhybrid, the city of Leonding, SierraFoxHobbies and of course HTL Leonding, that supported this project through their kind donations and services.