DEPLOYABLE RESCUE SYSTEM
We are a group of friends from V High School in Cracow, cooperating as participants in 2019 Polish CanSat Competition. Each of us is good in something different, but we share the same passion for rockets, electronics and programming. Our main goal is to develop a working, functional rescue CanSat, test it and create something amazing!
CanSat is a small soda-sized piece of electronics, created to conduct a scientific mission, test new solutions or solve a problem. In our case, it is an original "BeaCan" - small sat designed to be deployed in bigger groups over a natural disaster area. It will provide communication to victims and make rescue operations much cheaper and faster.
CanSat Competition is an international contest where different teams are trying to show that their CanSats are the best. It needs to be the most innovative, rigid, interesting and advanced one. The fun fact about competition is that each team also gets points for their teamwork, promotion campaigns, and organization.
Our Monkey Team was formed at the beginning of June 2018. Back then group of friends, participating in robotic competition, heard about Cansat Competition for the first time. Decision to get involved was instant, we began to work and plan for next couple months, and our efforts have been appreciated - we got to the competition, as one of 25 teams! Now, we try our best to show everybody that indeed - Monkeys rule the world.
We are building a CanSat equiped with multiple sensors, radio, GPS, thermal camera and screen to provide communication to the victims of natural disasters. Usually, after an earthquake or tsunami, big expeditions and rescue operations take place. Unfortunately they are very often dangerous for rescuers and very expensive. We came up with a solution - instead of people, we can send there many small sats, anyone who finds them can easily send their localization to the rescue center and have a short interview.
Body of our device is made out of 3D Printed PLA and it is covered in silicon. The heart of our CanSat is a Raspberry Pi 0W - small but powerful computer. It processes readings from different sensors - temperature sensor, humidity sensor, pressure sensor, gyroscope. It is also equiped with small OLED screen and buttons. Furthermore our BeaCan has a slot for exchangable modules - like heart rate sensor, thermal camera or cargo for pills. To make our Sat more visible from distance we decided to mount a powerful LED light.