The structures team is responsible for the physical structure of the rocket and it's aerodynamics performance. This includes designing, analysing and testing all the components which combine to form the rocket. All aerodynamic structural components including the nose cone, fins and fuselage must be optimised to maintain a stable and agile flight path. The design phase involves Computer Aided Design (CAD) of the structure followed by numerical analysis using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) to judge the suitability of the structure. Finally testing is conducted on all important components.
All of the electronics on the rocket fall under the Avionics subsystem, starting with the ignition of the engine via e-match and then through the implementation of flight computers capable of recording sensor data and making decisions to trigger recovery events (parachute deployment). We’ll also be transmitting telemetry to a ground station running custom software that we’re developing to visualise useful data describing the rocket’s position and movement, as well as conditions of its local environment, all displayed live over the course of the launch. The Payload subsystem involves bringing together a range of ideas to design and carry out a meaningful experiment best implemented on a sounding rocket.
Propulsion and Flight Dynamics
In thrust we trust. The propulsion team makes sure the rocket leaves the ground and reaches the designated target. We run simulations and gather flight data to ensure the rocket's trajectory is optimised. The team is also responsible for ensuring the motor is stably mounted and remains secured during flight.
Our Payload team focuses on the research and development of an onboard flight platform that accomplishes certain tasks and functions and collects scientifically relevant data. Our payloads carry telemetry and data logging instruments and we work with researchers and teams across our university to develop a payload that satisfies their needs.
Our rockets are only as good as their lifetime and reusability. The recovery team ensures all components return safely and intact. We use a complex system, to deploy the parachutes slowing down the descent of our rocket with grace and elegance. Assembling of our recovery component is a delicate and process and upon descent, timing is crucial. We use an array of miniaturized controlled explosive charges with uniquely design mechanisms to operate our parachutes; a drogue chute to control the initial plunge, before the main chute. Our search team rely on telemetry signals to retrieve our rockets once they have landed.
The manufacturing team manages all of the rocket's construction, from the choice of materials all the way to the selection of the fabrication process. We turn drawings into reality. It is our job to ensure all components are crafted with upmost integrity and the build quality meets our design standards.