We have won silver , thanks to: , Rotary Club Berlin-Schloss Köpenick, , , ,

So second place in this year's European CanSat competition in the advanced category in Portugal.... Considering that our CanSat was destroyed after four seconds of flight and we only had four seconds of data to analyze, I am pretty proud of this achievement. I saw a lot of other CanSats and am amazed that the jury voted for us. But of course this only worked because of the great team: spaceclub_Berlin! We rocked the contest and now can be pretty happy about this!
Furthermore, congratulations to the UK team that did a marvelous job and won the first prize. We would like to thank those who made this possible: the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the German CanSat Competition, the European Space Agency (ESA), the
Rotary Club Berlin-Schloss Köpenick, the Technical University of Berlin and last but not least, the Freizeit- und Erholungszentrum (FEZ)!


Results of 2015 European CanSat competition are:

Advanced category:

1st prize: team Impulse from St Paul’s School, London (United Kingdom) deployed an atmosphere humidity analysis CanSat and rover that was supposed to travel short distances on the ground.

2nd prize: spaceclub_berlin from FEZ Berlin (Germany) measured the angle of the CanSat, the magnetic field, the particulate concentration and took some pictures of the flight.

3rd prize: SG Can Science 2015 from Silkeborg Gymnasium (Denmark), attempted to establish two-way communication between the CanSat and the Ground Station, taking different kinds of data during the flight at their commands.

Beginners Category:

1st prize: AlpSat from BG/BRG Stainach (Austria) measured position and height with GPS, acceleration, 3-dimensional positions with different methods and a camera for Earth observation.

2nd prize: TechSwarm from V Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Augusta Witkowskiego in Kraków (Poland), planned to deployed 4 legs for landing stability and measured the magnetic field and environmental conditions tying a full panorama using a rotating camera.

3rd prize: Sky Shepherd from the Istituto Adone Zoli from Atri, Abruzzo (Italy) detected and measured the variations of solar radiation and air pollution while studying an efficient landing system.





On this day, Nana, Jasper and Christina met at the orbitall to prepare the two presentations. One being the pre-launch presentation in which the team will present itself and the second being the debriefing presentation in which the team presents the collected data. 

Also, deputy team leader Jasper inspected the construction of the CanSat. We contacted the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to ask for an official letter from the DLR for the airport security to verify the authenticity of our luggage, the equipment, and the CanSats.

On this Tuesday, the team met at the orbitall to finalize the construction of the CanSat. Those who could not attend the meeting were briefed via phone. As the new sensors that was stuck in the postal strike arrived it was soldered into the CanSat. 

The dates for the next meetings were set and the transport of the CanSat was discussed. The main focus of this meeting though was the construction of the CanSat.


One day after the Long Night of Science, the CanSat team met at the orbitall to discuss pressing issues. Only one week away from launch we decided to 3D animate our flight with our 10DOF sensor. We started programming this as well.

We contacted the airline TAP Air Portugal to inform them that we will be carrying equipment on board. Also we contacted the Schoenefeld Airport Security staff to make sure that our CanSat will not be held up at customs. We agreed that we will meet on Wednesday, June 24th 2015 three hours before our flight leaves Berlin for Lisbon to make sure that our CanSat will arrive in Portugal as smooth as possible.

Sadly one of our sensors was stuck in a postal strike but we sorted out with DHL that it will be delivered anyway after we made it clear to them that it is very important.

We slowly began the construction of our CanSat by sticking the exterior design on to the CanSat body. We agreed that we will meet the following Tuesday (one week before launch) to finalize the construction of our CanSat and the backup CanSat. The following weekend we are set to meet as well to brief the mission for the last time. That will be our last meeting before our departure to Portugal.


On this Saturday – from about 4 PM till 1AM – the CanSat team presented itself and the CanSat at the annual 'Long Night of Science' (German: 'Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften') at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

Every year the spaceclub_berlin and orbitall work for the DLR at the Long Night of Science.

The CanSat project received a lot of attention from teenagers, scientists, and parents who were amassed that our team is aged between fifteen and eighteen years of age. We presented the CanSat project and how it works. While several people took interest in the project (also taking a lot of our CanSat pamphlets) we had a live ticker of the Long Night of Science on our Twitter account which also received a lot of attention.

Around 9PM the former German astronaut Dr. Reinhold Ewald visited our team. He gave us his signature wishing us luck, took a picture with the team, and listened very closely when we explained the CanSat project to him. Not long after he left, the team went and had something to eat where they met Dr. Ewald again. He moved to our table and asked some more questions about our CanSat project.


On June 12th 2015, deputy team leader Jasper Morse held a short CanSat presentation his school, the Sophie-Scholl-Schule. Even though his class is not too interested in science they were very interested in the project. After the presentation, Jasper answered the questions of his class mates.


On this Wednesday, Jasper printed the exterior design of the CanSat. The exterior design is a transparent foil that displays all of the logos of our sponsors and our own logos. For security reasons the exterior design was printed three times. The following weekend the exterior design foil would be stuck on to the CanSat.

On June 9th 2015, the CanSat team used the laboratory in the orbitall to measure how much pressure the CanSat can withstand. The CanSat (circuit board 1-5) was placed into a dome (see image), and the air pressure was set to 200 mbar.

The CanSat withstood the pressure, the air pressure sensor did its duties, and the beeper beeped!

This testing was also tweeted about on our official Twitter account.

We've got a new sponsor! 

The Rotary Club Berlin-Schloss Köpenick is supporting our  CanSat team and our mission.









On this Saturday the team (despite one team member that was outside of Germany with her school class) met in the orbitall to work on the CanSat. The focus of the meeting was the Final Design Review (FDR) which was due on June 7th 2015. Despite that the team tested the reach of the antenna, drafted a time review table (as included in the FDR), drafted a letter for the Portuguese and German customs authorities (to make sure that our CanSat will safely arrive in Portugal). We tested the parachute and programmed the temperature and humidity sensor.  

Throughout the day we released Tweets on our official Twitter account and updated our website (as required in the CDR Feedback Report). The day before this meeting we contacted a travel agent to book our flights and are waiting for his response.

The 2015 European CanSat Competition is organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with Aeroclube Torres Vedras and Ciência Viva - Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e Tecnológica Ciencia. The finished CanSats will be launched on a rocket to an altitude of 1 km from the Santa Cruz Air Field, 60 km north of Lisbon, Portugal, on 24-28 June 2015.
The European CanSat competition is part of ESA’s initiative to inspire young people to follow a career in science or engineering, with a view to ensuring the availability of a highly qualified work force in the space industry of the future.
Spaceclub_berlin is one of the 18 secondary school teams that will participate in the 2015 European CanSat Competition.


On May 1st 2015, most of the team met at the Tempelhofer Airfield to test the antenna and the
CanSat. The meeting went all day.
Due to technical difficulties we built our own antenna, made out of some spare wire and an old
carton of milk (see image below). This antenna was lovingly named "Jogurt Antenne".


On Saturday the team met in the Orbitall to work on the CanSat. Most of the team was present as
we were photographed by a newspaper journalist who will be reporting on our mission. Also we
recorded the ESA interview.
At this meeting we discussed the FDR report and the CDR feedback and filled in the ESA forms.
We developed our software and contacted some other possible sponsors. The meeting went from
11:00 AM till about 7:00 PM.
At the same time there was the "Kinder Tag" at the FEZ where we also presented our CanSat.


One week after the very productive CanSat meeting, the Berlin CanSat team met again at the
Orbitall to work on 3D modelling, the Final Design Report (FDR), programming and preparing the
flight to Portugal.
While researching flight prices we had a few questions, so we contacted the European Space
Agency (ESA) for more information. Whilst we could not proceed with preparing the flight we
consulted about logistics of transporting the CanSat equipment safely from Berlin to Portugal.
We also looked at the exterior design of the CanSat (view image below) and collected more
information relevant for 3D animating the CanSat.
We tested the reach of the antenna and reached one kilometre. A problem emerged with the software
and we worked on fixing it. After about two hours the problem was fixed!