Posted March 2023.
A student team at WMG Academy Coventry, have designed and engineered a satellite that is just the size of a tin can to be deployed to Mars to measure temperature and pressure for its primary charter.
Students Amneet, Josh, Callum, Timus, Oliver and George embarked on the maiden flight of their new Phoenix 2 CanSat at Buckminster Airfield in Leicestershire. Avoiding all bad weather, they were successful with launching the satellite and rocket into the sky. The team were able to test all aspects of the CanSat which allowed the students to rectify any issues before they head off to the UK Finals with hopes to be entered into the European finals in June 2023.
Team Phoenix 2 have constructed a sub-orbital satellite, which contains a two stage parachute activated by a light dependent resistor, as well as a vacuum, all contained within the size of a coke can. After the regional test launch in March, the team are fine tuning the satellite ahead of the UK finals.
Team Phoenix 2 are made up of students aged 14+ at WMG Academy Coventry, where they study a combination of Science, Engineering and Maths, allowing them to apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to build their satellite in the Academy’s state of the art Engineering Workshop.
Mr Fiesal Mahroof, Associate Principal of WMG Academy Coventry, commented, “I am incredibly proud of the hard work the students have put into the project over the last 300 hours. Their efforts are a testament to their dedication.”
To find out more about Team Phoenix 2, find them at:
Instagram : @Phoenix2cansat