Team IUB FabSat selected for American Astronautical Society: Student CanSat Competition
The Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) has once again made the country proud by securing a place in the American Astronautical Society(AAS) Student CanSat Competition which is sponsored by organizations like NASA, US NAVAL Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech, Lockheed Martin provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop their skills, while also encouraging them to pursue careers in the field of space exploration. The competition is scheduled to be held in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, from 8-11 June 2023, will see Team IUB FabSat compete against 41 other teams from around the globe.
The CanSat competition is an annual event organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) that aims to promote innovative and creative thinking in the field of space exploration while providing students with hands-on experience in designing and building space-related systems. IUB FabSat's project involves the development of a compact “Can sized satellite”, or CanSat, that will be launched by a rocket and will perform various tasks such as collecting data on the environment, taking photographs of the Earth, and performing other scientific challenging experiments. The CanSat will be equipped with sensors, a camera, a parachute, and a heatshield, among other components, to ensure that it can withstand the harsh conditions of the launch and descent.
The IUB FabSat team consists of ten students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IUB, including Iftekharul Alam, Md Mahmudul Kabir Peyal, Noor E Sadman, Hasibur Rahman, Fayed Al Monir, Tahfizul Hasan Zihan, Hana Sultan Chowdhuri, Shirazim Munir Deap, Mohammad Faizul Hossain, and Rubayed Mehedi Anik. The team is supported and guided by their experienced advisors, Dr. Mahady Hasan and Dr. Mohammed Anwer.
During the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) presentation, the team showcased their design, simulation and engineering concepts, as well as their software development and testing procedures. The team received positive feedback from the judges, who praised their innovative design and attention to detail. With a score of 92.49% in the PDR, the IUB team has been invited to participate in the next phase of the competition, which involves the Critical Design Review (CDR).
It is worth mentioning that the IUB Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and FabLab IUB have been providing substantial technical support and funding for the project. The team is confident that they will be able to build a high-quality and functional CanSat that can compete with other teams from around the world. The IUB FabSat team will be traveling to Virginia, USA, in June 2023, to participate in the CanSat Competition. This is a great achievement for the team and for IUB, and we wish them the best of luck in the upcoming phases of the competition.
Congratulations to the IUB FabSat team and their advisors on this outstanding achievement. We look forward to following their progress in the competition and their continued success in the field of space exploration.