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Under the ESMD 2007 student opportunities program, VSGC sponsored a team of students at Virginia Tech to enter the annual National CanSat Competition.

The American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) have organized an annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics. The competition is available to university students from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Although similar competitions exist for other fields of engineering (robots, radio-control airplanes, racing cars, etc.), most space-related competitions are paper design competitions. While these are worthwhile, they do not give students the satisfaction of being involved with the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project, from conceptual design, through integration and test, actual operation of the system and concluding with a post-mission summary and debrief. This competition fulfills that need!

This annual competition allows teams from universities to design and build a space-type system, according to the specifications released by the competition organizing committee, and then compete against each at the end of two semesters to determine the winners.

The 2007 Competition took place in June at the launch site in Amarillo, Texas.
The Virginia Tech entry took third place overall.