The first place in the CanSat in Greece 2020 space competition won the ASPiRE aerospace team of the University of Western Macedonia. The team, formed in 2017, took part with a satellite slightly larger than a small soft drink can, launched at an altitude of 1km above the ground, riding on a rocket. At full height, the satellite was ejected, and landed safely with a parachute. At a specified altitude, an in-built mechanism split the satellite in four parts, three of which in triangular dislocation (different from GPS positioning methods) and the fourth landed at an unknown location. The mission, designed to help locate people in emergency and explore alternative ways of positioning, was sponsored by 3D Form and MEXDALE, which supplied the ASPiRE team with satellite shell components, and also by UoWM’s Hyperion Robotics team, which supported ASPIRE with equipment and their own competition experience.
ASPiRE took part in CanSat in Greece 2020 with five Electrical and Computer Engineering students, Marcos Delaportas, Giannis Loukas, Theodoros Pavlitsas, Dimitris Theodorou, Demosthenes Gavriilidis, and one Chemical Engineering student, Maria Pliaka.
CanSat in Greece is a Pan-Hellenic space competition that aims to familiarize participants with satellite-simulation technologies.