NevadaSat UNR CanSat Program
Teleoperation of Aerospace Payload Systems

This program is generously supported by the Nevada Space Grant Consortium

Program Description

The UNR CanSat program involves students in hands-on projects to design, construct, operate, and evaluate soda-can-sized payload packages (CanSats) that are launched (via a rocket) to approximately 2 miles in altitude from where they are deployed. The CanSat returns to Earth via a parachute, typically landing within 5 miles of the launch site. Students work as a team to create a system that will return the payload to the launch site either through teleoperation or autonomously (i.e., autonomous robotic vehicle).


Participation in the 2006 ARLISS Event focused primarilly on the development of an autonomous vehicle to retrieve the CanSat after it was launched and deployed. Members of the 2006 ARLISS team included (from left,) Dr. Jeffrey LaCombe, Pablo Rivera, Palkin Zed, Travis Fields, Guillermo Larios, and Dr. Monica Nicolescu and Dr. Eric Wang (not in photo)




Four members of the UNR team with Ed Hackett (Desert Research Institute) who built and launched the rocket carrying our payload at the ARLISS event in September of 2003. In the second of our two ARLISS 2003 flights, the payload landed ~1.3 miles from the launch site under relatively calm wind conditions.


Program Mgr.: J.C. LaCombe
Office: LMR 471
Phone: (775) 784-1797