The idea to measure the particulate concentrations came from us. We could not find any publication on satellites that measure the particulate concentration. These measurements are usually performed on the ground.

At the German national CanSat competition we gained experience in collection data on particulate concentrations, GPS, temperature measurement, pressure measurement and photography of the flight zone. We will use the same particulate concentration measurement system as we did at the German national CanSat competition so we can compare the data later on.

We will install a measurement system to measure the particulate concentration in the atmosphere. We will take stills of the flight zone to connect the data on the particulate concentration with the flight zone (example: highway, forest, factory, etc.). In order to know where the respective data were collected we will determine the location of the CanSat with GPS. This seconary mission is quite similar to the one within our CanSat we used for the german competition. Still it is cheaper and less labor-intensiv to build a CanSat 2.0 than restructuring the old one. Therefore we even have a spare CanSat.

We will compare the collected data with the data we collected at the German national CanSat competition as well.

Furthermore we will determine the speed of the CanSat in midair with a speed measurer. The collected data (despite the pictures) will be saved onto an SD-Card in the CanSat itself and sent to the CanSat team on the ground while the pictures will not be sent since they are too big.

The particulate concentration are measured by an optical system. GPS/location, speed, temperature and pressure will be collected and sent back to the CanSat team on the ground. There these signals will be strengthened with a 70cm ground-plane-antenna and saved onto a computer.

 

The camera will capture several images per second which will be saved onto a SD-Card in the camera. The GPS data of the CanSat will be compared with the GPS data of the team's location on the ground to determine the whereabouts of the CanSat. The collected data will be put into charts and graphs and compared with the data from the German national CanSat competition.