文責:ARLISS2016運営 学生代表 村田暁紀

18th ARLISS competition was held in September 11-16, 2016.
19 teams from all over the world participated in the event, 13 from Japan, 2 from Korea, 2 from US, 1 from Egypt, and 1 from Peru. The competition was held in cooperation with AeroPac in Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA.

Schedule Content
September 11th, Sunday Preparation
September 12 – 15, Mon – Thu Opening ceremony / Competition
September 16th, Friday Breakfast meeting

In this year’s ARLISS, comeback competiton and mission competition took place. There were three awards in total. Comeback competition had two awards, accuracy award for how close the CanSat came to the goal and technology award for excellence in skills used. Mission competition had best mission award where the winner was chosen by vote.

Detail of the Competition

September 11th
【Preparation / Networking event】

All the participants of ARLISS gathered at noon in Bruno’s Country Club at Gerlach, NV, which is the closest town to the desert. They had a preparatory meeting regarding safety precautions and networking event.
Each participants explained their CanSat’s specification. After the meeting, people had free talk time with other members where they had active discussion on each other’s CanSat’s technology.

事前打ち合わせ・技術交流会 事前打ち合わせ・技術交流会
事前打ち合わせ・技術交流会 事前打ち合わせ・技術交流会
事前打ち合わせ・技術交流会 事前打ち合わせ・技術交流会

After the meeting, all the members went to the launch site by car. This day, the weather was bad so the caravan had to stop for few times and wait for the sandstorm to go away. At the launch site, they prepared the tent. The wind was too strong that they could not put the cloth over it.
After the tent preparation, each member were allowed to go to launch site and took GPS data of the point.

射点へ移動 テントの設営

September 12 – 15
【Opening Ceremony / Competition】

Opening ceremony was held form 8am on the 12th. Prof. Nakasuka from the University of Tokyo gave a speech, and Ken from Aeropac gave notice on precautions and said opening remarks. After the ceremony, all the participants and members from AeroPac took a group photo. The wind was calm on this day and it was a perfect day for the launch.


12日 集合写真

The weather stayed nice and smooth throughout the competition. It was a perfect situation for us to launch CanSat.
On the first day, many groups were still trying to fix up the CanSat, so not much CanSat were launched. They tested their CanSat in the desert and changed configuration to adjust.


2nd day was also a good day for launch. However, many groups were still fixing their CanSat.
Team Stella from Aichi Institute of Technology marked 5.81m in the comeback competition.

記念写真 走行するCanSat

On the third day, the sandstorm was severe during the morning and rockets could not be launched until the afternoon. Many CanSats were launched in the afternoon. However, since the wind was strong, many CanSats landed far from the launch site. Few groups lost their CanSats, but thanks to the help of the others, every CanSat was found by the end of the day.

打ち上げの様子 打ち上げの様子

On the last day, many team tuned their CanSat and launched it. In the morning, Team Grenouille from the University of Tokyo marked 3.76m, and in the afternoon, Team Cake’s from University of Electro Communications marked 4.80m.

記念写真 記念写真

This year, we had a really good weather and we expanded our radio system in our headquarter. Therefore, this year’s competition went smoothly. We did not have any CanSat lost and we did not have any accidents in the desert.

September 16th
Breakfast meeting

On September 16, the next day after the competition ended, each team gathered and presented their results in five minutes. Voting for the mission competition was held after the presentation. They were evaluated on following criteria: mission success level, significance of mission, uniqueness of technology, and quality of presentation.
At the end of the meeting, Prof. Nakanishi from Tokyo Institute of Technology gave a final remark.

朝食ミーティング 朝食ミーティング
朝食ミーティング 朝食ミーティング
朝食ミーティング 朝食ミーティング
朝食ミーティング 朝食ミーティング

We would like to say a word of gratitude to AeroPac, supervisors who have participated in safety review, ARLISS student committee, and all the ARLISS participants. We were able to finish the competition safely again due to everyone’s support. Thank you very much.

Results / Records

List of all the participants
Country Team name Comeback(m)
1st try 2nd try
Japan University of Electro-Communication, Cake’s 872 4.8
Japan Japan Science Foundation Mission Competition
Japan Aichi Institute of Technology, STELA 5.81 (2239)
Japan Tokyo University of Science, Asahi (2362) (4701)
Japan Tokyo Denki University TDU Space Project (829)
Japan Tokyo Metropolitan University, TMU*CAN (3097) (5290)
Japan Keio University, Keio Team Wolve’Z (2390) 377
Japan University of Electro-communication HighBall Mission Competition
Japan Kyushu Institute of Technology KITCATS (3179)
Japan Shibaura Institute of Technology, Satellite team AMPM (4828) (3775)
Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology BALDRE Mission Competition
Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology STALKS Mission Competition
Japan Tokyo University Team Grenouille (6869) 3.76
South Korea Seoul National University SNUSAT
USA University of Nevada,Reno Project Starbird
USA University of Nevada,Reno UNR ARLISS Club
PERU Universidad Nacional De Ingenieria PLAYTEC PERU CANSAT TEAM
USA University of Louisiana at Lafayette
South Korea Kumoh Institute of Technology IRL (1329)
Egypt Cairo University (2960)
[Comeback Competiton]
Accuracy Award
1st Tokyo University, Team Grenouille
2nd University of Electro-Communication, Cake’s
3rd Aichi Institute of Technology STELA
4th Keio University, Keio Team Wolve’Z
Technology Award
Fight mechanism Kumoh Institute of Technology, IRL
Comeback algorithm University of Electro-Communication, Cake’s
Ground locomotion mechanism University of Tokyo, Team Grenouille
Innovative System Seoul National University SNUSAT
[Mission Competiton]
国名 団体名 Mission success level at ARLISS Significance of mission Uniqueness of technologies Quality of presentation Total
Japan Japan Science Foundation 4.200 3.071 2.429 2.067 11.767
Japan Tokyo University of Science, Asahi 1.643 3.154 3.692 2.077 10.566
Japan University of Electro-communication HighBall 2.357 3.929 3.462 2.286 12.033
Japan Kyushu Institute of Technology KITCATS 1.929 2.857 3.000 2.077 9.863
Japan Shibaura Institute of Technology, Satellite team AMPM 1.786 3.500 3.385 2.000 10.670
Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology BALDRE 4.000 4.333 4.733 2.600 15.667
Japan Tokyo Institute of Technology  STALKS 3.154 3.667 4.385 2.417 13.622
South Korea Seoul National University SNUSAT 2.133 3.600 4.600 2.467 12.800
Peru Universidad Nacional De Ingenieria PLAYTEC PERU CANSAT TEAM 2.071 2.786 2.429 1.933 9.219
Best Mission Award
1 place Tokyo Institute of Technology, BALDRE
Best Performance(Mission success level at ARLISS) Japan Science Foundation
Significance of mission Tokyo Institute of Technology, BALDRE
Uniqueness of technologies Tokyo Institute of Technology, BALDRE
[All division]
UNISEC Award University of Electro-communication HighBall