About the Student CanSat Competition

The American Astronautical Society (AAS) has organized an annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics. Although similar competitions exist for other fields of engineering (robots, radio-control airplanes, racing cars, etc.), most space-related competitions are paper design competitions. The AAS’s Student CanSat Competition gives university students the satisfaction of being involved with the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system and concluding with a post-mission summary and debrief.

This annual competition is open to teams from universities and colleges across the world. Teams must be able to design and build a space-type system, following the approved competition guide, and then compete against each at the end of two semesters to determine the winners. Rockets will be provided but teams are responsible for funding the construction of their CanSat and all travel/lodging expenses

2022 Registration now open!

Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

Deadline to register is November 5, 2021.

Eligible teams will be notified to complete the $200 application fee, to be collected by December 15, 2021. 

  • Only three teams per school are allowed to apply to the competition. 
  • If more than three teams from one school apply, the first three applications received will be accepted. 
  • Only 10 members are allowed per team.

2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony

AAS has organized an annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics giving students the satisfaction of being involved with the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system and concluding with a post-mission summary and debrief.

This annual competition is open to teams from universities and colleges. Teams must be able to design and build a space-type system, following the approved competition guide, and then compete against each at the end of two semesters to determine the winners. Rockets will be provided but teams are responsible for funding the construction of their CanSat and all travel/lodging expenses.

Official Competition Website

Final Results 2019

Winning Teams 2005-2017