UCASAL students shone in the United States: they designed a space-type system

From the Faculty of Engineering of the Catholic University of Salta, to Virginia, United States. five students They qualified for the final of La CanSat Competition, a contest sponsored by NASA, for the third time and designed a space-type system!

The CanSat Competition is an annual competition that gives students the satisfaction of being involved in the end-to-end lifecycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and testing, to actual system operation and concluding. with a subsequent evaluation.

In this 48 universities from all over the world participate and it consists of simulating a satellite on a scale. The organizers each year publish a challenge with very detailed technical requirements and the students have to build a prototype that provides a solution to those requirements.

On this occasion they participated Jorge Royón, Ivan Maccio, Juárez Enzo Jesús, Juan Esteban Yurquina and Mateo Figallo students of the Faculty of Engineering of the Catholic University of Salta, guided by the Mg. Norberto Aramayo, Coordinator of the Robotics group and holder of the Chair of Intelligent Systems of said faculty.

Since Get informedSalta we dialogue with Jorge Royon, who told us that every year the challenges change and are very dimensionless from one another. “The first time we participated, it was all about a plane that had to be deployed in the air, take samples and send them to the ground. Last year it consisted of two Maple seed-like vehicles that had to drop down and record drop speed,” he recounted.

This year’s challenge was different, as they had to build a camera that descended with a 10-meter cable from the container, facing south and recording the descent. “The prototypes are inserted into a rocket that they provide and they launch it at 800-1000 meters high, then it is released, it has to parachute down and depending on the height, perform different actions,” he said.

When asked what feelings they have regarding participating in a contest as important as this one, he said that it feels pretty good because it’s a very big technical challenge. “Not only do you have to have the technical capacity, but you also have to know how to work as a team, because no matter how capable one is, the complexity of the project is not feasible to solve with a team of less than 3 people”, he claimed.

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He explained that it is an experience that fills them with emotion, it cannot be less! He said getting to know people from the NASA, and the American Astronautical Society, exchanging knowledge and others, it is a unique experience since they are very friendly, charismatic and open people.

“Reaching the final, being in the conference hall and being called by the name of your team with the NASA and Virginia Tech signs in the background, fills you with emotion”, counted. At this point and about the support they received, he said that the UCASAL He provided them with everything they needed, from tickets to accommodation, which surprised them very pleasantly.

On the other hand, he explained that the most difficult of all is the issue of purchase of electronic components to build the project, since the competition challenge is usually published in November and the releases are in June and there is little time.

“At the moment that one buys a component abroad, the first thing to solve is the problem of expenses in dollars with cards, obstacles, taxes, etc., then you have to deal with customs times that take approximately 3 months to deliver the parts and then the payment of the high tariffs for the parts that range from 35% to 50% and on top of that they include the cost of the freight”, he added.

The truth is thatthey did it once again and fills Salta with pride and satisfaction. Congratulations!

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