They launched five experimental satellites built by students from Argentina

The competition CANSAT organized by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (MINCyT) and the National Commission of Space Activities (CONAE), with the aim of bringing people and young people to space activity, will close its gold medal this morning las instalaciones del Centro Espacial Teófilo Tabanera, en Falda del Cañete, Córdoba. There, the launch of five CANSAT satellites, built by students from secondary schools in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Formosa and Misiones, was carried out, with the objective of measuring atmospheric variables, contaminant gases and controlling phenomena that affect agricultural production, such as grisly.

During the launch, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Daniel Filmus, said that Argentina “has relaunched all its Space Plan, which includes the design and manufacture of satellites.” Nuestro país es uno de los pocos países del mundo que está en conditions de hacerlo. In addition, we have resumed the manufacture of the Argentine Tronador II launcher that we hope to have ready in 2027 and that will convert us into the only country in the region capable of launching its own satellites. At the same time, we need professionals who develop their vocation early in the space and this contest is in line with this objective: we receive about 1,000 projects from all over the country with the participation of almost 5,000 girls and boys. De este proceso fueron seleccióndos 5 equipos ganadores, que son quienes hoy están realizante sus lanzázus”.

Filmus pointed out that “our satellite capacity, and the joint work with the main spatial agencies of the world, allow us to have communication in rural areas, to have images of the Earth that give us the opportunity by one side, to generate actions for the prevention of disasters naturals; y, por otro, de tomar mediciones que son de utilizado para el sector productive como la humidad de la tierra, entre otras; además, posibilita la detección de minerals. Currently, we are building the satellite SABIA-Mar of Applications Based on the Environmental Information of the Sea to obtain and analyze more information about the Argentine Sea and the continental platform. Nuestra tecnologia satelital también nos abre caminos de exportação tanto de las imágenes que se toman con nuestros satelites como en materia de diseño y fabrication de satellites para otros países”.

For his part, the Director Ejecutivo y Técnico de la CONAE, Raúl Kulichevsky, expressed: “Today is a day of celebration for CONAE. I am privileged to have the opportunity to see the enthusiasm of young students with the activities that we do in our agency espacial, to give them the opportunity to start in this sector and to know that they can do it in Argentina. This is the primera competition CANSAT que se realiza en el país. Estamos muy contentos con la convocatoria, que superó ampleo las expectativas. Así que ya estamos planinando una nueva édición”.

The day began at 9 o’clock, with the arrival of the teams at the spatial center to prepare the launch of CANSAT satellites, the size of a can of gas – from there, the term CAN (lat) and SAT (satellite), por sus siglas en inglés- desarrollados para la competition. During the morning on board the rockets provided by the company SKYTEC, they were launched one by one, up to a height of 300 meters. Once they reached their peak, CANSAT began to fulfill its missions. From the “terrestrial station” installed for the activity, the students were able to check the correct functioning of their respective useful loads, perform tests and measurements, accompanied by professionals from CONAE and the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional (UTN).

The event included the participation of five teams that reached the final of the competition: “Caelus”, from the Technical School N°9 DE 7 Ing. Luis A. Huergo of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires; “electroSix”, del Instituto Técnico San José de la province de Córdoba; “gVIE”, del Instituto Técnico Salesiano Villada de Córdoba; “MERAKI”, de la Escuela Provincial de Educación Técnica N° 3 de Formosa; y “Ad Astra”, de la Escuela Provincial de Educación Técnica N° 18 de Misiones.

Also present were the Ministers of Education and Science and Technology of the Province of Córdoba, Walter Grahovac and Pablo De Chiara, respectively; el Subsecretario de Coordinación Institucional del MINCyT, Pablo Nuñez, y la Diputada Nacional por Córdoba Gabriela Estévez, entre otras autoridades nacionales y provinciales.

Los equipos y el despertar de vocations cientificas
The CANSAT competition starts in June 2022, con 850 equipos inscriptos de colegios secundarios de todas las provincias del país. Overall, 4,500 alumni y alumnos received trainings on the part of professionals from CONAE and UTN in order to acquire knowledge, tools and materials to realize the project.

Tras superar diferentes instancias, llegaron a la final cinco equipos, cuyos CANSAT should fulfill the primary mission proposed by the CONAE: measurement of pressure and temperature during the time in flight, and the transmission of these data to the ground station. It should also fulfill a specific secondary mission designed by students. In addition to the technological challenge, the contest, which at an international level is driven by the main world space agencies, such as NASA and ESA (Europe), has the objective of awakening scientific vocations.

“Me parece importante que existan estos proyectos para que acerque la ciencia y la tecnología a los jóvenes”, he said Melanie Aguirre, integrante del equipo Caelus, cuyo satellite apointa a estudiar la concentration de gas contaminantes mediate un sensor de polución. The experience he lived with the CANSAT initiative helped him to define his vocation: “Después de la escuela quisiera seguir Ingeniería Aeroespacial en la Universidad Nacional de La Plata, y en un futuro me gustaría trabajar en el área de investigación”.

Nazareno Orso, del equipo electroSix, whose secondary mission consists of sensing the values ​​of carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) to analyze the quality and composition of the air, highlighted the research work he carried out with his colleagues to advance CANSAT and in particular the visit that they made in Valthe, and of the pymes that provided technologies for the development of the launcher Tronador II of the CONAE, located in Justiniano Posse, Córdoba. “No era consciente de que se hacían proyectos de esa envergadura en Argentina, no muy lejos de mi casa. I’m very surprised”, he said, and commented that he received a new invitation from the company to interiorize more about his work. Cuando termine el secundario, plana estudiar Ingeniería en Sistemas o en Electrónica.

Para Tomas Giraudo, del equipo gVIE, “trabajar en este tipo de proyectos es una oportunidad que no se le da a cualquiera. Fue una emoción tremenda desarrollar una tecnologia que pueda significar un aporte para la sociedad”. In addition, he affirmed that since he was very young, he felt an interest in technology and commented that he did not know about the spatial theme before participating in this contest. motivó para advance y completar la misión.

Agustina Gonzales, del equipo MERAKI, explained that the trainings they received and the accompaniment of their professors were very useful to develop a system of updated information on fires to support the bombers of Formosa. “Fue una experiencia maravillosa”, he assured. “Antes de esto pensaba estudiar Ingeniería Civil. Ahora me estoy yendo más por Ingeniería en Sistemas o Mecatrónica, así que sí, me desvié completamente thanks to this project. Si se da la oportunidade, quisieran trabajar con satellites”, he added.

“La parte más importante de esta initiative es que ayuda a que personas jóvenes puedan encontrar su vocation y decidan trabajar en cosas como estas. I also create a lot in the value of producing technology that helps to solve problems and collaborate with people’s lives”, said Santiago Vaz, from the Ad Astra team, from which he designed a system to control fog and fog using metal serpentines. very useful for agriculture in provinces like Mendoza and Misiones. “It was a surprise to know the development of spatial technology in the country. Una vez que me reciba quisiera estudiar Ingeniería Aeronáutica o Aeroespacial. I would love to be part of the development of new technologies related to space and contribute to the design of aircraft and satellites,” he concluded.

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