The Manchester CanSat Project was developed by a team of mainly 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate engineers. They took part in the 2017/18 AIAA & AAS CanSat competition held in Texas, USA, which they won. The team designed and built their CanSat to achieve the set mission of the competition over a year with help through funding from sponsors to pay for sub system components and travel costs. They developed review documents with progress through the year and performed a drop from a rocket to test the systems in the US, and then presented the outcomes of their test flight
The Open University run a curricular activity on the impact, damage and shielding of micrometeoroids using a remotely operated optical microscope.
The Damage Equations are used to approximate the crater depth or maximum thickness of material that will be perforated caused by an impactor on a surface. The activity can be conducted with the microscope itself or using provided measurement data. The activity is intended for independent study and takes students roughly 3 hours to complete.
University College London have run a curricular 2-week research project into space missions that are currently in development/operation for their MSc Space Science and Engineering students. The students work in pairs and are required to submit a 2500-word report within 2 weeks of the task being set.
The University of Bristol have run an extra-curricular competition to design a satellite in a sodacan, or “CanSat” using a predesigned kit over a few weeks. 5 groups of 5 students entered, soldered together a basic CanSat, designed and built payloads, then launched the CanSats one by one with a parachute from a drone at 120m.