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We're 4 students from the HTL Leonding, Austria
and our goal is to create a radio sonde that evaluates the habitability of extrasolar planets.
In addition to that, we're competing in the 4th Austrian CanSat competition that takes place this year in April, from 26th to 28th, where we'll compete against other landers to qualify for the European CanSat competiton.
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In order to succeed in our project, we've decided to achieve the following objectives:
o Investigating the environmental influences
o Safe landing using a parachute and landing gear
o Ongoing data transmission via radio between the radio sonde and the ground station
o Carrying slime molds as a biological sensor
o Expanding the battery life via solar cells
o Evaluating the collected data in spreadsheets and diagrams
WORKING ON THE PROJECT
LAST ACTIVITY-Test flight on March 26th
Last Friday we carried out several test flights with a model aircraft at a height of 300 meters to test our parachutes and housing and collected some important data about the descent rate, which is in average 9 m/s.
We also want to thank TÜV AUSTRIA for sending a media team at the place to interview us and take photos & videos with their professional equipment. And last but not least, we especially want to thank Mr. Enzenebner for piloting the model aircraft and for putting a lot of effort to get the permission from the authorities to conduct these test flights. Again, thank you Mr. Enzenebner very much for your help, because without it we surely couldn't do these tests.