In short, the UKRoC event didn't go nearly as well as we had hoped. This is an extensive post. You have been warned. Report of the competition We went into the competition with high hopes and expecting to do reasonably well, potentially qualifying for the next round. We originally experienced some technical difficulties which we … Continue reading UKRoC: Lessons to be learned
We have made a lot of progress on the UKRoC rocket, which we have named RECD (Rocket with Electronic Chute Deployment). We have created a parachute deployment system that uses an altimeter and an Arduino microcontroller to open a valve, allowing compressed air to push out a parachute at the right height. Below you can … Continue reading UKRoC progress
We have been hard at work designing the motor and the specific nozzle dimensions, and the rocket that the motor will power. The nozzle shape we went for, called the de Laval nozzle, is a very versatile shape used on the Soyuz rocket, the Saturn rockets and many others, not least for its efficiency, simple … Continue reading Next rocket in progress
We have now decided that we will enter the UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge. In this we will need to design a rocket with the capability to carry a payload of an egg and fly 800 feet and for the payload to hit the ground 41-43 seconds after launch. This will be a difficult challenge … Continue reading UKAYRoC
We have now had our crowdfunding page live for 7 days ! Already we have raised £35 and this will allow us to help buy some of the parts of our designed GPS system which is one of our goals. We are aiming for £500 as this will allow us to make all the parts to … Continue reading Now 1 week through our crowdfunding project !
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After 4 failed attempts, I've finally made a rocket that works! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wq4AtTsY7k The parachute didn't deploy as it got stuck inside the tube due to the shock cord being attached too close to the nose cone. This caused the chute to be snagged by the attachment so it got stuck. Turns out it can be recovered … Continue reading First Rocket Launch