TuCAN rocket electronics


TuCAN rocket is the biggest rocket developed by Rocketry Division of Students' Space Association so far. Main goal of TuCAN project is to construct a launch vehicle appropriate for a CanSat experiment competition. The rocket can take 8 or 12 CanSats (depending on jettisoning system configuration) to altitude of around 4km.

First version of the rocket (TuCAN-1a) was launched on 29.10.2016. Second, fully successful, launch was performed on 02.12.2017.


Since I'm mostly involved in electronics-side of this project, I will focus on on-board computers and cameras systems in this description.


After first semi-successful launch, improved version of TuCAN rocket was designed and built. Launch was performed on 2nd of December 2017 on artillery range in Nowa Deba. The rocket reached an altitude of over 5 kilometers and exceeded the speed of sound. All systems performed well, which resulted in successful rocket recovery. Post-launch video can be viewed on Facebook .


The TuCAN project taught me a lot about rocket engineering and telemetry systems. It was also a great opportunity to improve my collaboration skills, as this rocket was truly a team effort.