- To find out the optimum nozzle and core size for KNO3 : Sucrose motors (Done: An in depth explanation video is available on our “Geek Corner” section)
- Create a guidance system (To keep the rocket pointing directly vertical throughout the upward flight, using gyroscopes in the airframe and ‘rollerons’ in the fins.
- To create automated guided recovery system ( This will allow us to launch our rockets without the dear or danger of them drifting astray and increasing our chance of losing the rocket or even causing damage to the area where it lands. We will do this by using a similar system sky divers with the addition of controlling the parachute lines with sevos instead of arms. By pulling the parachute lines in different ways we will be able to move the rocket midflight, to move left, right, forward, backward or to spin the rocket. These servos will be controlled by a raspberry pi which will receive it’s data from a GPS and 3 axis Gyroscope. This will allow us to launch rockets higher than we have before on smaller launch sites.
- Create a Telemetry System( this will allow us to have a ground station on the launch site which will recieve live updates from the rocket so we will know it’s speed, direction and current position.
Our Long Term Goals:
- To use the above flight guidance and recovery guidnace, coupled with the telemetry to create a sounding rocket capble of reaching at first below 10,000 feet but providing we acbeivw the goal and have access to a suitable launch site and appropriate motors, we would like to reach a much higher altitude and thourghly test our guidnace system.
- See this post. Aim to land a rocket on engine power alone. This is an extremely complex project, requiring many smaller projects all working together to succeed, such as our
- Hybrid rocket
- Guidance system
- Telemetry system