Team Members

  • Ganesh Kolli – (Team Lead and Electrical) –
  • Megan Severs (Mechanical)
  • Suchi Patel (Mechanical)
  • Thomas Breen (Mechanical)
  • Jose Sulaiman (Software)
  • Benjamin Ecsedy (Software)
  • Aryan Kulkarni (Software)
  • Kristof Reid (Software)
  • Varun Gupta (Software)


Design a Cansat that shall consist of a container and a payload. The payload shall be attached to the container by a 10 meter long tether. The Cansat shall be launched to an altitude ranging from 670 meters to 725 meters above the launch site and deployed near apogee (peak altitude). Orientation of deployment is not controlled and is very violent with large shock forces. The Cansat must survive the forces incurred at launch and deployment. Once the Cansat is deployed from the rocket, the Cansat shall descend using a parachute at a rate of 15 m/s. At 400 meters, the Cansat shall deploy a larger parachute to reduce the descent rate to 5 m/s. At 300 meters, the Cansat shall release a tethered payload to a distance of 10 meters in 20 seconds. During that time, the payload shall maintain the orientation of a video camera pointing in the south direction. The video camera shall be pointed 45 degrees downward to assure terrain is in the video.