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SRM Stands Out in the CanSat Competition, Texas, USA

Team SRM VAIMAANIX participated in CanSat competition this year and secured 5th place in the world and 1st in Asia

This year mission:

The 2015 mission simulates a Science Vehicle traveling through a planetary atmosphere sampling the atmospheric composition during descent.

The overall CanSat system is composed of two primary components, a Science Vehicle and a re-entry Container that protects the vehicle during ascent, "near-apogee" deployment from the rocket and initial re-entry/descent.

When initially deployed from the rocket, the re-entry Container shall descend via parachute with the Science Vehicle secured within the Container.  At any desired point after the initial
deployment from the rocket the Container and Science Vehicle shall separate and the Science Vehicle will begin normal operations.  Note: The intent of the Container is to protect
the Science Vehicle from the violent deployment from the rocket and provide a more stable release environment.

When the Science Vehicle is released from the Container, it shall use passive helicopter/auto-gyro recovery method reduce its descent rate to less than 10 meters/second. The Science Vehicle must stabilize and descend properly at a minimum altitude of 300 meters. During descent, the Science Vehicle shall record video in the nadir (Earth pointing) direction until it lands.  The video camera must be stabilized in real time during descent so that the
video image of the ground is not spinning.  The video can be recorded on-board for downloading after recovery.  The video cannot be post processed to remove the spin of the ground image.  The Science Vehicle shall collect telemetry data during descent which includes; altitude based on barometric air pressure, outside air temperature, inside temperature, flight software state, stabilization parameters, battery voltage, and bonus telemetry.  The data shall be transmitted at a 1 Hz rate to a ground station.

When the Science Vehicle lands, transmission shall automatically stop and an audio beacon shall be activated automatically for recovery.

The Science Vehicle shall hold one large raw hen’s egg and protect it from breaking during
the mission.

The official sponsors for this competition include The American Astronautical Society (AAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), NASA Goddard and NASA JPL.
A total of 72 teams participated and 42 teams were qualified for the launch after
1. Preliminary Design Report,
2. Critical Design Report and
3. Pre Flight check.

We had formed a group of 10 students from different departments of our college(SRM University)

1. ELECTRONICS AND INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERING
2. INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROL ENGINEERING
3. AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

We had started from scratch and hoped to complete this competition with flying colors. Our technical guide Mr Vasant Kumar and our mentor Mrs. Sunitha had helped us a lot in development of our team and our cansat.

We were given the research lab of the department of Electronics and Instrumentation for the fabrication and development of our cansat. We had worked non-stop for 9 months and  we finally made it to 5th Place in the worldranking and 1st in Asia.

People who participated are as follows:
1.RAHUL RAMESH
TEAM LEADER, ELECTRONIC AND MECHANICAL DESIFN, GCS, CAMERA STABILIZATION

FINAL YEAR, EIE, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI

2.TUHIN RANJAN 
SENSOR SELECTION & INTEGRATION, DESIGN OF PAYLOAD

FINAL YEAR, EIE, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI

3.ABISHEK N.
SOFTWARE CODING AND FABRICATION

IIND YEAR, AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI\

4.ANIRUDH SHANDILYA
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, SENSOR SELECTION & INTEGRATION

FINAL YEAR, EIE, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI

5.GOUTHAM SHARMA
FABRICATION

IIIRD YEAR, ITC, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI

6.M.V. BHARADWAJ
FABRICATION

IIIRD YEAR, ITC, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI

7. SHIVAM PRAKASH
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, SENSOR SELECTION & INTEGRATION
FINAL YEAR YEAR, EIE, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI

8. ARTHEASTH AARDHAN
EGG PROTECTION

FINAL YEAR, EIE, SRM UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI