CanSat Lift-off in European Finale
As part of the CanSat 2023 competition, we won the German decision in March 2023 against 10 other teams and thus qualified for the European final of the CanSat competition in Spain at the end of June. There, representing Germany, we competed against 25 other nations (read more about the national competition here).
In contrast to the national competition, where a central winner was chosen, the focus in the final was not only on determining an overall winner. Awards were also given in the individual evaluation categories: Public Relations, Professionalism, Scientific Work and Technical Achievement.
In the midst of this high-level competition, we can proudly report that we won the award for the most professional team – an award we look back on with great pride (read more about the European finals and our path to victory here).
The conclusion of the finals marks the end of an extraordinary journey. It is therefore very important for us to thank all those who have supported us along the way: Our friends and families who have always stood by us; our school and caretakers, for their endless patience during our late-night work sessions; the experts in spaceflight and spectroscopic analysis who have enriched us with their expertise; as well as the organisers of the CanSat competition and most especially our generous sponsors whose support has made this journey possible. Our heartfelt thanks are due to you all.
The Team with the European Prize
The Team with the German Prize
We are the team Astra Aether from Bad Homburg. On this website we inform about our progress in competitions of all kinds, our activities in the LemaS program and the research projects of all students we supervise. The team consists of Alina, Linus, Boris, Hongye, Lennard, Niki, Constantin and our supervisor Sebastian Fischer. Our activities are mostly limited to the Kaiserin-Friedrich-Gymnasium.
Extracurricular competitions are a good way to challenge and encourage interested students. This is done through constant education and setting new challenges that are always met. Below are the major competitions and research projects that we have participated or been involved in over the past 3 years.
The CanSat - a nationwide competition, which is subsequently continued in a European round. The goal of the competition is to build a mini-satellite, which will perform various missions. This includes a given primary mission and a self-selected secondary mission. More information about our mission can be found here.
The International Science Olympiads are a group of competitions in which all participating countries provide a team consisting of 4-6 people in the different fields of science. In Germany, these teams are selected through the 4 rounds of selection competitions for the International Olympiads. We take part in these selection competitions every year and regularly achieve great success.
The BwKI - the nationwide competition on the latest cutting-edge technology, artificial intelligence. The goal is to design and program your own AI that solves a task of your own choosing. So far, we have participated twice and reached the national finals both times.
The CanSat - a nationwide competition, which is subsequently continued in a European round. The goal of the competition: the construction of a mini-satellite, which is to carry out various missions. This includes a given primary mission and a self-selected secondary mission. Our progress at that time can still be seen today in the BLOG.
The goal of this unique DLR competition was to design and build a model of a wind turbine ourselves, including our own energy storage system. With our new approach of a vertical wind turbine, which rotates almost frictionless by magnetic ball bearings, gains its energy by lorentz forces and then stores the gained energy with a hydrogen fuel cell, we achieved the 3rd place Germany-wide. Our documentation can be found in the archive.
Currently we participate in the CanSat competition, which is very costly due to its intensity. Therefore, we thank our sponsors:
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