05 October 2015
Students from 12 public and private high schools in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal and Laguna are set to launch their Can Sats—soda can-sized satellites that can gather basic atmospheric data—that they assembled in more than a month, in the country’s first-ever CanSat Competition to be held in celebration of the 17th World Space Week in Los Baños, Laguna.
Launched in August this year, the Can Satellite Competition aims to entice students to go into space science studies by letting them experience actual satellite development process, launching, data collection and transmission, and mission data analysis that will teach them the basics of weather forecasting.
Annually celebrated every 4-10 October, the World Space Week is commemorated to provide a venue for students and educators to learn more about space science and its benefits to humankind as declared by the UN General Assembly in 1999. This year's celebration follows the theme "Discovery" and will feature deep space exploration such as the discoveries of new galaxies, exoplanets, asteroids and comets.