Na­tional satel­lite team in­vited to in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

Azer News - - Nation - By Rashid Shiri­nov

The NaaSAT satel­lite team of Azer­bai­jani Na­tional Avi­a­tion Acad­emy has been in­vited to an­other in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion CanSat, the Acad­emy teacher, en­gi­neer-de­signer Ak­bar Aliyev.

The con­test will be held on June 810, 2018 at Tar­leton State Univer­sity in Stephenville, Texas. For the first time the NaaSAT team took part in CanSat in 2016, tak­ing the 31st place among 40 teams. This year the na­tional team be­came 13th at the same com­pe­ti­tion.

Aliyev said that un­like last year, this time cer­tain changes have been made to the tech­ni­cal cri­te­ria for the se­lec­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion. Ear­lier, teams had to launch their rock­ets, from which a con­tainer was sep­a­rated, and a glid­ing de­vice from the con­tainer was smoothly de­scend­ing and con­duct­ing mon­i­tor­ing. Now, the rocket should raise this “mi­crosatel­lite” to a cer­tain height, and then it should con­duct mon­i­tor­ing while smoothly de­scend­ing via a para­chute.

“The con­di­tions are such that the “mi­crosatel­lite” should drop to a height of 400 me­ters at a cer­tain speed, and only then to change its speed.This year, par­tic­i­pants will have to com­ply with the re­quire­ments for a grad­ual de­crease, so an egg will be placed in­side the “mi­crosatel­lite,” and the de­vice will have to land in such a way that this egg does not break,”Aliyev told Trend.

While glid­ing, the mi­crosatel­lite must mea­sure the flight al­ti­tude, wind speed, air pa­ram­e­ters (tem­per­a­ture, pres­sure and com­po­si­tion), take pho­tos on com­mands from the ground.The re­ceived flight and at­mo­spheric data must be sent to the ground sta­tion with the soft­ware de­vel­oped by the team.

CanSat com­pe­ti­tions of­fer stu­dents to have prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence of a real space project. The teams are re­spon­si­ble for all as­pects in­clud­ing de­sign­ing the CanSat, se­lect­ing its mis­sion, in­te­grat­ing the com­po­nents, test­ing, pre­par­ing for launch and then an­a­lyz­ing the data.

Main ob­jec­tive of the project is to in­spire young peo­ple for pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) fields as well as en­sure the avail­abil­ity of a highly qual­i­fied work­force in the space in­dus­try of the fu­ture. CanSat com­pe­ti­tions have taken place in many coun­tries around the world over the past 20 years.

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