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Creating a satelite from a Coke can


Apr 7, 2022 , ,

A group of transition year students in Summerhill Collegehave made a satelite out of a can of Coke!

nd the students will be bringing their engineering project to the CanSat national finals.

The CanSat Ireland competition is a European Space Agency initiative that sees students create miniature satellites the size of a soft drink capable of being jetted off towards an information gathering mission.

The Summerhill team consists of transition year students Darwin Thomas, Declan Brennan, Joseph McCann, Ahmed Ammar and Fraser Woodward.

Together these students passed through the initial Amateur Satellite Competition in Athlone and will now proceed to the national final at the end of April.

Darwin said their mini satellite measures altitude and temperature inside a 330ml can of Coke.

The primary mission for the competition was to measure air temperature, altitude and establish a radio connection to transmit that data and other data to a grand computer.

Darwin says they were encouraged to participate in the competition by their teacher Barry Convey in one of their engineering classes.

“Mr Convey told us it’s good for your CV and it will be good for us in the future, this goes onto a world class stage and if your name is a part of it that can have a massive effect in the future when looking for a job,” he said.

Darwin says that the project brings together many different things, not just engineering, and it’s for that reason he and his team members were drawn to it.

“We were interested because there is coding, engineering, web development and outreach. Even if it is an engineering competition there are loads of parts we had to do and people were interested in various aspects of it.”

The CanSat team are posting updates about their project through social media on Twitter @sligosat and on Instagram under the name sligo.sat