The first place in the CanSat in Greece space competition 2020 won by the aerospace team of the University of Western Macedonia, ASPiRE. The team, which was established in 2017, participated in the competition with a satellite slightly larger than a small soft drink container, which was launched at a height of 1Km above the ground, as a charge on a rocket. At the height of the flight, the satellite abandoned the rocket, performing free fall with a parachute. Through a mechanism inside, the satellite was divided at a certain height above the ground into four parts, three of which performed a triangular displacement (GPS tracking method different) while the fourth landed at an unknown location. The purpose of the mission was to help locate people in emergencies as well as to explore alternative ways of locating.
The participation of the team was enhanced by sponsors the companies 3D Form and MEXDALE, which supplied the ASPiRE team with the raw materials for the construction of the satellite shell as well as the Hyperion Robotics team of the University, which supported the participation in the competition with materials and the experience it has from respective events.
The mission of the ASPiRE team that participated in the CanSat in Greece competition 2020 consisted of the students of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Marco Delaporta, Giannis Loukas, Theodore Pavlitsa, Dimitris Theodorou, Demosthenes Gavriilidis and the student of the Department of Chemical Engineering Maria Pliaka.
The CanSat in Greece competition is a pan-Hellenic space competition that aims to familiarize participants with technologies similar to those used on a satellite.