What is ARLISS Project?

ARLISS (A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellite) was proposed by Dr. Twiggs at Stanford University as a worldwide project of space studies. It started in 1998 originally to give graduate students a chance to experience the satellite design. Now however, ARLISS Project gathers a wide range of participants from undergraduate students to junior high school students.

In this project, the handmade satellites we have worked hard to complete (it is called "CanSat" because of its size) are launched to a height of 4`5km under cooperation of the amateur rocket team. And we try various missions until it falls to the ground.

Besides University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Kyushu University, Nihon University, Tohoku University, and Soka University are going to participate in ARLISS2002 Project from Japan. From USA, Stanford University, California State University, Kennedy Middle school, Wilcox High school and other educational institutes are going to take part. Launch is planned to be held on August 2 and 3 at Black Rock, NV.

We will have a Come Back Competition this year again. In this competition, how near we can fall the CanSat down from the target point is tested. Last year, we the team of University of Tokyo fell it to the place 650m apart from the target. We and the members of other universities aim the point much nearer from the target this time.

About University of Tokyo ARLISS Team

"Special Lecture on Spacecraft Design", the lecture for graduate students is given in this year. The students are divided into 3 groups, and each group is going to make one CanSat. What the mission of the CanSat is and how it falls down to the ground are not restricted at all, so the team members discuss it, manufacture it by way of trial, experiment it, improve it, and complete one "Satellite".

In July, three CanSats each team made are fallen from a balloon at Watarase Yusuichi (the very large area with no buildings near the Watarase River). We also have the Come Back Competition here among 3 teams, and the CanSats with excellent results are going to be launched in the USA.

And in October, we again have the Come Back Competition at Watarase Yusuichi. This time it is the national competition and the universities which joined ARLISS are going to participate.

You can go to the page of each team from here. The overview of the CanSat they are making and to what extent they have done their work are shown.

To the page of Group 1 | To the page of Group 2 | To the page of Group 3


Result of ARLISS 2002

ARLISS 2002 has ended. The universities which participated in the Come Back Competition were University of Tokyo Team 1, 2 and 3, Tokyo Institude of Technology, Nihon University, Tohoku University, Kyushu University, and Stanford University.

The champion of the competition was the University of Tokyo Team 1!! Amazingly, the record was 45m, which broke the record of last year's champion (650m). The runner-up was Kyushu University (750m), and the University of Tokyo Team 2 followed (3010m).


Team 1 won the championship with the great gliding performance of its parafoil and the control method through trial and error. The small CMOS camera on its structure took some beautiful pictures of the unfolded parafoil and the Black Rock Desert from the sky. Team 2 controlled its parafoil properly, but the gain of control was too small and could not overcome the strong wind. The CanSat of Team 2 was carried downstream and landed at the point of 3 km away from the target. It had 2 motors, and they proposed unique control method. Unfortunately, the CanSat of Team 3 had the accident in the power line probably by the vibration of launch or the impact of release. It could not be controlled, but the performance of its parafoil was wonderful. It glided for 4 km! Landing pose was so beautiful as well as its structure.

University of Tokyo's parafoils showed us great unfolding and gliding performance. We hope further approach to the target next year.

ARLISS 2002 Presentation of the University of Tokyo on August 4 (PowerPoint File)

(Notice) The team number in this page and that in the PowerPoint file are NOT the same because of an alteration of the launch order. Please regard Team 1 in this page as Team 3 in the PowerPoint, Team 2 as Team 1, and Team 3 as Team 2. Sorry to confuse you.


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