A team of high school students from the Greek island of Crete participated in the Cansat European competition earning an award for building a satellite.
Cansat is a competition organized by the European Space Agency, in collaboration with the Norwegian Space Training Centre. The high school team from Crete managed to be one of the 16 teams from schools around Europe which participated in the competition.
The students George Loulakis, Thalia Dogaki and their Physics Professor, Astrinos Tsoutsoudakis, travelled to the island of Andoya, located north of Norway. The rest of their team, named “ViannoSat,” Panagiotis Raptakis, Maria Raptakis and Dimitris Christodoulakis, could not attend the competition due to Panhellenic university introduction exams, which coincided with the competition dates.
The team’s tiny satellite was launched with a missile at a height of about 1,032 meters by the students themselves. During its descent the satellite took measurements of the magnetic field of the Earth, which were consistent with those of the neighboring Observatory.
ViannoSat team was awarded by Cansat, for being the smallest team that has even managed to successfully launch and complete a satellite mission.
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