16 year-olds Adriana Morales, Cristina Malo, Jimena Gil and Susana Vellón are preparing for their first aerospace project. As pupils at Trinity College in San Sebastián de los Reyes (Comunidad de Madrid), they are taking part in Cansat, an initiative of the European Space Agency to challenge students from all over Europe to create a mini satellite the size of a tin can and to launch it to an altitude of one kilometre. The goals they have to achieve include a safe descent in which they can gather a set of data for later analysis, such as temperature and atmospheric pressure.
To qualify for the European competition, Adriana, Cristina, Jimena and Susana must first get through their regional and national rounds. Meanwhile, they spend part of their break time and free time working on their prototype, adapting all the main sub-systems of the satellite to the shape and volume of the tin, such as the energy, sensors and communication module. In addition, they also post information about their project, which they have called Tricanity, on social media, and are looking for resources to finance it, in accordance with competition rules. This is how they arrived at the Red Eléctrica Group, along with five technology companies, one of which is Hispasat, in the satellite connectivity sector.
They are supported and guided in their work by Alberto Mayor, their teacher for Mathematics, New Technologies, Physics and Chemistry in previous years, and it was he who encouraged them to take part in Cansat in view of their excellent academic record and interest in science and technology. When asked where he saw his pupils in 10 years’ time, he has no doubts: "I imagine they will be where they want to be, because they are very good, they are really outstanding. If they carry on working as they have done so far, they can do whatever they want”.