Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Student satellites

The original CanSat was invented by Stanford Professor-Emeritus Bob Twiggs in 1998 with the intent of building a functional satellite in the volume and mass of a soda can. Today CanSat is used throughout the world to engage students in relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Magnitude has taken this platform and built it on open hardware and software – specifically based on Arduino – by constructing a satellite shield with primary sensors and ports for extension. Magnitude has also developed its CanSat with Intel’s newest microcontroller, Edison.

Primary functions include barometric pressure, temperature and humidity, acceleration, compass orientation, and GPS. Expansion ports enable open-ended discovery through optional sensors including particulate measurement, CO2, ozone, and radiation.

When constructed, students learn principles of physics, earth science, and mathematics. Working with rocket clubs such as the National Association of Rocketry or Tripoli Rocket Association, experiences typically culminate in a high powered rocket launch several miles in altitude.