Apoapsis 2019

CanSat team of the Humboldt-Gymnasium Vaterstetten

CanSat 2018

At ESA’s German CanSat competition of 2018, we achieved the 4th place. Here you can find all the information about Apoapsis’ first participation.


Our mission is called Apoapsis, with which we want to take part at the ESA's German CanSat competition of 2018.

What is a CanSat? A mini satellite at the size of a soda can.

What does our CanSat? It measures air pressure, temperature und particulate pollution.

About us

We are the team Apoapsis from Vaterstetten. Our group consists of Niklas Cölle, Leon Hauser, Thomas Schlienz, Henrik Böving and Felix Edelmann, and we all attend the 11th grade of the Humboldt-Gymnasium Vaterstetten. With our CanSat, we want to measure the fine dust concentration of the atmosphere in higher air layers.

We were inspired by the project luftdaten.info of the OK Lab Stuttgart, which collects the measurements of public accessible fine dust sensors in real time and displays them on a public available map.

The team

We're a group of five eleventh-graders from the Humboldt-Gymnasium Vaterstetten in Baldham near Munich.
“I'm Niklas Cölle, the team's project leader. I'm responsible for the satellite's eletronics and control units. However, I also help with software development. I've always been interested in aerospace engineering and therefore wanted to work on a project like this one.”
“My name is Leon Hauser. I assume the role of the ‘structural engineer’, since I'm interested in an engineer's career. I joined the project because I've been interested in the construction of aerospace vehicles for a long time and couldn't resign such an opportunity.”
“I'm Thomas Schlienz and my departments are research and evaluation. I'm fascinated by the opportunities that modern satellite technologies offer us – that's what this project makes especially exciting. Working together in a team is also very rewarding to me.”
“I'm Henrik Böving, one of our team's coders. As a developer and a python fan, I'm responsible for programming the CanSat and the ground station as well as for the evaluation of the collected data.”
“My name is Felix Edelmann. As supporting member, I maintain the website and help with coding-related problems.“


The company Techmatrix Consulting GmbH from Neufarn supported our project with a donation.
The company Watterott supplied all CanSat teams with construction components worth 200€. We thankfully accepted their offer and received our GPS modules from them.
The former CanSat Team URSinvestigators, which took part at the German CanSat competition 2015 and at the European CanSat competition 2016, left us parachute silk and proper string over, which we gratefully received.
The company CAAS from Slovenia helped us choosing the high-quality carbon composite pipe we will be using for the hull of our CanSat.

Blog posts (2018)

First Construction 24/Jun/2018

First Construction

After we ordered the PCBs, they finally arrived a week ago. That’s why we could finally start with building our CanSat.

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Sensor and electronics selection 31/Mar/2018

Sensor and electronics selection

The last days we were pretty active and worked a lot on the hardware and software for the CanSat. Here we give a brief overview of the sensors and electronics we will use.

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Infoevent on 23/03/2018 25/Mar/2018

Infoevent on 23/03/2018

On March 23, an information event was held at our school for the intermediate level (7th to 10th grade). There were several experts for various disciplines invited to hold short lectures about their job. Our teacher, who organized the event, suggested that we should present our project to the students during the breaks between the lectures.

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Welcome to our Blog! 27/Jan/2018

Here you will find news about our project, for example about the tests of components, the devlopment of parts & software and much more. If you want to know more about us, check out here.

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