Germany, Berlin

CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design

when 3 January 2017 - 27 January 2017
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 2200

A CanSat is a small satellite in shape of a commercial beverage can that performs several measuring tasks. In this course, a CanSat is designed, built and tested in the field during a rocket launch. Therefore, all basics of topics related to exciting area of space technologies is imparted and practical skills for the development of a CanSat are trained. The theoretical units are supplemented by practical exercises. Parts of the CanSat are developed in intensely supervised small groups. During an excursion to a site in Berlin where space related companies and institutions are located, the participants shall gain insight into facilities used for the development of satellites.

Course leader

- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus BrieƟ
- Dr. Zizung Yoon
- Dipl.-Ing. Cem Avsar
- Dipl.-Ing. Sebastian Trowitzsch
- Further guest lecturer and supervisors

Target group

This course is designed for students with a general understanding of engineering who want to gain insight into the exciting topic of space technologies. With the practical approach applied, students experience working on a challenging project in an interdisciplinary team. This prepares them for a systems engineering career with a leading position in the engineering industry. With the basic knowledge in space technologies that is imparted in this course, students have a good starting point to prepare themselves for a continuing education in space engineering. It is recommended that students use their own laptops for the hands-on project.

Course aim

After taking part in this course, students will have knowledge of the most important topics related to space technologies. Students will know the parts of a space system and understand their correlations, and will be able to plan and conduct a space mission. Practically, students will be capable of designing a part of a space system with regard to mechanics, electronics and programming.

Credits info

5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course.

Fee info

EUR 2200: The fee includes: the Summer School academic program, transportation ticket and some extracurricular activities.


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