UHMCanSat team (L–R): Justin Lucas Bio, Christian Yadao, Christian Falcon, Angelica Juarez, Joe Vincent Yuro and Jung Park. Credit: UH News

A team of five University of Hawaiʻi Maui College students has taken their classroom learning to the next level as part of an aerospace competition to build and launch a simulated satellite the size of a soup can. The AAS 2023 CanSat Competition in Virginia challenged teams to design a science payload that would collect flight data and withstand a rocket launch up to 725 meters. The UH Maui team, called UHMCanSat, placed 27th out of hundreds of competing teams last month, calling the challenge “a win” for the valuable experience they gained.

“We’ve been exposed to so many facets of engineering, project management and teamwork,” said UHMCanSat team member Justin Lucas Bio. “Through designing, building and testing our CanSat, it taught us the importance of technical proficiency and soft skills in a real engineering setting.”

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