CanSat Portugal is an initiative promoted by the Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESERO) that stimulates the interest of young people in secondary education in science and technology as it simulates a real space mission.

This competition pushes students to build a functional microsatellite, the size of a soda can, and to idealise a scientific mission that it will carry out. During a rocket launch, the satellite must be capable of collecting data and sending it, by telemetry, to a reception station operated by the students. The students are asked to idealise the mission and build, in small volume, a “machine” capable of carrying it out. It will have to contain a power source (batteries or other), a microcontroller or microprocessor (the satellite’s brain), a set of sensors, a localisation system (GPS or other) and a communication system to send all this information, in real-time, by radio frequency, at least once every second.

This is undoubtedly a very ” spatial ” project for Colégio Guadalupe.


This competition is supported by the European and Portuguese Space Agencies and Ciência Viva Colégio Guadalupe is a regular presence at the national finals

This year will be the 10th final of CanSat Portugal, and we hope to be present again. The GSat team, from Colégio Guadalupe, has won several prizes, twice being national vice-champions and once national champions, which led them to represent Portugal in the European championship, where they brought home the silver medal. In addition to these awards, it was also distinguished as the Team with the best technical performance and the most professional Team. Throughout these years, we have been in contact with numerous partnerships, which have brought a lot of knowledge and experience to our students. We highlight the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the NOVA University of Lisbon (FCT), the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (IPS), BeeVeryCreative, Bot’n Roll, Guimocircuito, IEFP (Institute of Employment and Professional Training) of Évora, QART and Quantico Solutions.

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