CanSat developer workshop – 2013 was conducted by Dhruva Space, a Bangalore based small satellite and high altitude ballooning start-up. The workshop was hosted at the campus of the Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad between 8 – 10 October, 2013. There were 50 participants with varied specialization’s in engineering but with a common interest in getting hands-on in learning space technology. The workshop was conducted to provide a fundamental understanding of miniaturized satellite development and usage of open source hardware in space technology. The lecture sessions were combined with hands-on hardware development sessions.
The participants interfaced and tested their CanSats in the presence of research engineers from the industry providing them a practical exposure. Additionally there were special sessions by small satellite experts with engineering models on display helped participants to grasp the challenges in designing and developing the subsystems of the small satellites.
The student built payloads were flown on-campus using an unmanned aerial system. Atmospheric data of pressure and temperature were collected every second and recorded on-board the CanSat system. Once the payload lands safely, the data was retrieved by students and analyzed. The participants of the workshop intend to participate internationally using the knowledge gained in this workshop.