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Students from Coventry’s WMG Academy through to CanSat national finals

Ryan Smith 22nd Apr, 2022

A TECHNICALLY gifted group of students from Coventry’s WMG Academy are through to the finals of national competition to design a can sized satellite.

Team Boreas’ super-skilled scientists drew up plans for the device which would be deployed in the Arctic Circle to monitor climate change.

The UK finals of the CanSat contest – run by The European Space Agency (ESA) – take place from May 3 to 5 at the STEM Centre and Elvington Airfield in York.

The WMG team – now in the last ten – have made a suborbital satellite containing a two-stage parachute activated by an altimeter.

They held a test launch in March and are fine-tuning the machine ahead of the finals where each team’s satellite will be launched by rocket.

The best-performing teams will progress to the European finals.

The students – the youngest being 14 – have been publishing TikTok videos to chart their progress.

WMG Academy principal Fiesal Mahroof said he was proud of the students for all their hard work and wished them every success in the finals.

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