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The finals of the CanSat National Competition

on 14 April 2016

The finals of the CanSat National Competition, organised by ESERO Romania, a project of the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), is held between 14 and 17 April in Suceava. The seven finalist teams will launch their mini-satellites at the Stefan cel Mare airport.

The competition was addressed to Romanian high-school students with an age above 14 years old, reunited in teams of up to six members, who were guided by a coordinating teacher. Seven teams from Romania qualified in the national finals, in which they will compete for a place in the European finals organised by ESA in Portugal, this June. The seven remaining teams enrolled in the national finals are the following:

•    RobotsFever Team, representing the National Military College “Stefan cel Mare” – Campulung Moldovenesc, coordinated by their teacher Magurean Marius- Daniel;
•    CABSat Team, representing the “Alexandru cel Bun” College, coordinated by their teacher Tanase Sorin-Iulian;
•    TOMIS II Team, representing the National College “Mircea cel Batran” – Constanta, coordinated by their teacher Bararu Ion;
•    Carmen Sylva II: Operation Eagle Drive Team, representing the “Carmen Sylva” High School in Eforie Sud, coordinated by their teacher Serbu Florin Constantin;
•    SAMDID Team of the National College “Ienachita Vacarescu” – Targoviste, coordinated by their teacher State Gabriel;
•    Miko- CanSat Team, representing the Szekely Miko Theoretical High School – Sf. Gheorghe, coordinated by their teacher Peto Maria;
•    Caelum Team, from the National Informatics College “Tudor Vianu” – Bucuresti, coordinated by their teacher Gheorghe Dumitrica.

The Romanian teams will be joined by a Bulgarian team, which will participate at the contest as an observer team.

The challenge for each team during the contest refers to the assembly of all major sub-systems of a satellite in a refreshments can, with a total volume of 330 milliliters. The satellite will be launched to an altitude of approximately one kilometer; then, it will perform several measurements and will have to land in safety conditions.

The national finals held in Suceava is organised with the help of the following local partners:

•    Cygnus Scientific Society;
•    The Suceava School County Inspectorate;
•    “Stefan cel Mare University”;
•    The Local Council of Suceava;
•    The County Council of Suceava;
•    “Stefan cel Mare” Airport.