Be aware that our is still in development and things might change in the final version.

Cone is competing in the Austrian Cansat competition, this means we will launch a small satellite to 500m.  

After deployment the satellite falls back to earth and deploys its parachute. It will transmit live data during descent and we will receive this on our ground station.

But that not all for Cone,
we will attempt a “soft landing”, which means we try to touch down as slow as possible. To achieve this we originally planned to use a special “Pull-Up” mechanism. Just before touchdown the satellite was planned to pull itself up on the parachute string and touch down slow and safe.

During our development of this mechanism we discovered a lot of problems. Calculations proved that it would be possible, however not applicable on this scale. The motor would have been too heavy and too large. We tried to overcome this issue but in the end it showed the mechanism wouldn’t be ready in time. So we developed a new plan…
a duel parachute system.

Our drogue chute would open right after we disconnect from the rocket and keep our descend at a stable rate.

And at some altitude above the ground a second larger parachute will deploy from within our satellite. This main chute will slow us down to a save descend rate and we will touch down slow and save.

For further information follow us as we provide regular updates and check out the following websites:

ESA – What is a Cansat
Austrian Cansat Competition (German)
Project Timeline
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