High Powered Rocketry this year will and has been working on three distinct rocket projects. 

In November, a team of 7 students entered the UKSEDS National Rocketry Championships which has its focus on a competition build of a High-Powered Rocket. The competition will give us scope to compete against  20+ other universities around the UK and allows us to test our novel and bespoke flight computer being developed by the Space Electronics teams. Our current build looks to exploit lightweight materials and topology optimised designs to allow us to reach a maximum altitude with our rocket. This term the base designs for all component were completed and we look to manufacture and build the rocket next term between Jan and Feb. 

Our other two projects build upon the need for speed.  

We are continuing with the build of our Mach One supersonic rocket, which due to COVID -19 last year was not able to be launched. The single stage rocket is in the end part of its development. With a few finishing touches and some decals, the rocket will be ready to be launched. We hope to relay live telemetry to a ground station that has been developed, giving us live data to indicate our pass through the sound barrier. 

Building upon the design of Mach One we look to continue pushing our speed limits by building a smaller, lighter, and faster rocket that will take us up to Mach 1.5 on a smaller motor. The design is currently in the conceptual to preliminary phase. It is estimated that we will be reaching peak accelerations of up to 45g and hence there is a strong emphasis that the component strength and electronics will be able to withstand such high loadings. We will look to continue to use composite materials and commercial CFD and FEA software to help us verify and simulate performance so we can be confident with a safe launch. 

This looks to be an exciting year!

If you would like to be involved and have a willingness to learn please feel free to get in contact with the society at sseti@imperial.ac.uk