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Project Kepler Autumn-Winter term 2022 Update!
Project Kepler Autumn-Winter term 2022 Update!

Project Overview Project Kepler is the Imperial College Space Society Rocket Engine Design Project with the objective to manufacture and test the highest thrust to weight ratio rocket engine ev…

Imperial Planetary Robotics Lab Autumn-Winter term 2022 Update!
Imperial Planetary Robotics Lab Autumn-Winter term 2022 Update!

What is IRPL In the long run, IPRL aims to be a student-run space robotics research lab here at Imperial, but for this, we need to gain experience and recognition. Our first goal is to create a ~…

Project Stratus – Developing cost-efficient and versatile alternative to Earth observation imaging satellites using weather balloons.
Project Stratus – Developing cost-efficient and versatile alternative to Earth observation imaging satellites using weather balloons.

Hi everyone! We are extremely excited to announce that this year at Imperial College Space Society, we are launching Project Stratus, our new High Altitude Ballooning project! Project Stratus aim…

Launch of balloon ICSPACE25

ICSPACE25 was launched from Felixstowe on 30 April 2021 by Steve Randall(Many Thanks). It was a twin balloon launch, both prestretched to 0.16 cubic meters over the course of 28 hours at ~0.6 psi. It…

ICSPACE24 launch

ICSPACE24 was launched at 09:45 UTC on 22/1/2021 from Felixstowe by Steve Randall(many thanks). It was a tracker powered by smaller and lighter solar cells. This brought down the weight of tracker to…

Rocket Engine Design Update!
Rocket Engine Design Update!

Crikey it’s been a while since we updated you all about the Engine Design Project (EDP)! Well it’s not longer called the EDP, in fact: we’ve rebranded to become a bit more idiosyncratic unde…

ICSPACE23 launch
ICSPACE23 launch

ICSPACE23 was launched at 12:00h UTC on 17/12/2020 from Felixstowe, UK. It is once again a LoRaWAN tracker connected to The Things Network. Day 1 Here is the launch video, filmed by Steve Randa…

First (unconfirmed) circumnavigation of the Earth by IC Space Society balloon: ICSPACE22
First (unconfirmed) circumnavigation of the Earth by IC Space Society balloon: ICSPACE22

Flight path of balloon. ICSPACE22 was launched Monday 19 October 2020 with a 6.0g tracker under a party balloon filled with pure hydrogen. The tracker is solar powered and transmits LoRaWAN packe…

ICSPACE21: Flight to Japan and ICSPACE20
ICSPACE21: Flight to Japan and ICSPACE20

Flight path of ICSPACE21 This article describes two high altitude balloon flights in August/September 2020. ICSPACE20 was launched on 22 August 2020 and was last heard over Denmark. ICSPACE21, lau…

Launch of ICSPACE19 LoRa balloon flight
Launch of ICSPACE19 LoRa balloon flight

https://youtu.be/Q-_KLZYXcoY Launch of ICSPACE19 by Jackson The ICSS balloon group launched ICSPACE19 from Fryent Country park on 17/3/2020. This launch comes more than a month since the last lau…

LoRa Balloon flights to Austria and Slovakia
LoRa Balloon flights to Austria and Slovakia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnecBjH2J3A&feature=youtu.be Launch of the fully solar powered ICSPACE16. Last heard over Austria https://youtu.be/v1nm1z1FW_o Launch of the battery powered t…

Long range LoRa Balloon tracker launch from London
Long range LoRa Balloon tracker launch from London

The long awaited launch of the our next generation balloon track has come. This new tracker integrates the Murata CMWX1ZZABZ-078 LoRa radio module, an Ublox GPS, TE connectivity MS5607 temperature/pr…

Pulling image data from orbiting NOAA satellites
Pulling image data from orbiting NOAA satellites

Raw image taken by NOAA 15 when it flew overhead. You can see Ireland and Britain around the middle right of the image The cube satellite group designed and built a 137 Mhz double crossed dipole …

Rocket Flight Computer for Project Mach One progress
Rocket Flight Computer for Project Mach One progress

Flight computer PCBs have arrived The high powered rocket designed to go supersonic has been under development for some time now at the Imperial College Space Society. Recently, we have been des…

Balloon flights to Poland and Germany
Balloon flights to Poland and Germany

https://youtu.be/UO6db263YL4 Richard launching ICSPACE13 that made it to Poland On 5th of August 2019 we launched our most successful flights so far, both in terms of distance and flight duration…

New pico balloon flight duration milestone reached
New pico balloon flight duration milestone reached

The Imperial College Space Society High Altitude ballooning group launched 2 balloons yesterday, 15 April 2019. One of the two balloons launched yesterday was tracked for a duration of 12 hours and 5…

Cross country pico balloon flight
Cross country pico balloon flight

High altitude ballooning group launched two balloons today, 5 April 2019 from our usual launch site, Wormwood Scrubs Spaceport in London. The balloons travelled across the country along almost the sa…

The return of British rockets
The return of British rockets

Imperial College Space Society attends the unveiling of Orbex’s new 3D-printed upper stage rocket In a dark and spacious room, with upbeat music accompanying a blue-lit bar, a crowd was gath…

High altitude ballooning group launch pair of balloons to Belgium this time
High altitude ballooning group launch pair of balloons to Belgium this time

The High altitude ballooning group launched 2 small balloons,ICSPACE6 and 7 today, 9 March 2019 from Wormwood Scrubs, London with trackers on board. We successfully tracked them all the way to Belgium…

High Altitude Ballooning group launch a balloon that AGAIN landed in the Netherlands
High Altitude Ballooning group launch a balloon that AGAIN landed in the Netherlands

On the 6 Feb 2019, the High altitude ballooning group launched 2 Pico balloons,ICSPACE4 and 5 from Wormwood Scrubs, London. ICSPACE5 travelled a total of 386.52 km and reached a max altitude of 6290…

High Altitude Ballooning Group launch Pico balloons to the Netherlands from London
High Altitude Ballooning Group launch Pico balloons to the Netherlands from London

The High altitude ballooning group launched two pico balloons with ultra light trackers from Wormwood scrubs, London on the 26th of January 2019. The two trackers were launched with the call signs IC…

HAB Launch (November 2018)
HAB Launch (November 2018)

High-Altitude Ballooning has really taken off this year, with their launch on the 3rd November; Project Commander Medad Newman has written an article in the Imperial Newspaper (Felix) about the experi…

Introductory Meeting

A new year full of rockets and space is about to start! Come along to our introductory event on the 10th of October in Skempton 301 to enjoy the company of space-minded people (there might also be fre…

Freshers’ Fair 2017

If you have any questions, or if you’d just like to talk about space, do not hesitate to come and see us at Imperial College’s Freshers’ Fair on the 3rd of October. 🙂  …

Another Year, Another AGM

Our 2015 AGM will be held at 6pm on Thursday 19th March in Room 301 of the Skempton (Civil Engineering) Buildin’. We give you a round-up of the year, and then you elect a new committee. Int…

Another year!

ICSEDS is back, and we’ve got a bumper year planned with rocketry, ballooning, and a hybrid rocket engine in the works. Our introductory meeting is on Thursday 16th October at 6pm in Room 2.28 of …

Election Manifestos 2014

Events Officer – Francis Nwobu At this society we’re all linked by one common interest… Space! We joined to get involved in as many space-related activities as possible and so far this club has…

The AGM Grows Near

Our AGM will be held at 6pm on Thursday 13th March in Lecture Theatre 2.28 of the Royal School of Mines. We give you a round-up of the year, and then you elect a new committee. Interested in…

It’s all go!

It’s all go here at ICSEDS mission control! The model rocketeers have finished building their first kit rockets are now using OpenRocket to design their own; the high powered rocketry team is careful…

A Successful Launch

Great to see so many people at today’s meeting, we’re just hoping we’ll have enough rockets! Full details of all our projects can be found here. You’ll need to buy membership and project tickets on…

Introductory Meeting on Thursday 10th

Lectures may have reappeared on your calendar, but so has ICSEDS! Our introductory meeting will be on Thursday 10th October at 6pm. Contrary to what it says on our leaflets, it will not be in Skempton…

Hello!

Whilst you’ve been enjoying the last rays of the summer sunshine, we’ve been hard at work getting ready for the coming year. We’ve got big plans for more rocketry, more ballooning, and more awesomenes…

Welcome to the new committee!

Today is the day that the new committee officially takes over from the last! So this is just a quick post to say welcome to the 2013/14 committee, we look forward to seeing ICSEDS flourish more over …

IOP Sponsorship!

We’ve happy to announce that the IOP has awarded us some belated sponsorship to cover the costs of our HAB launch trip! …

ICSEDS RBS ESSA Entry

We’ve finally entered our video to the RBS ESSA Bronze Awards! Check out the video on our youtube page. With any luck we’ll make it to the finals then we’ll have a new link to send around to try and g…

SpIN – New Placements with Extended Deadline

The Space Internship Network (SpIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for undergraduate students considering employment in the Space sector, and employers looking to find the most tale…

Help Us Find Our HABs!

As mentioned before we recently lost two HAB payloads near Whittlesey, east of Peterborough. This google map shows were the payloads were predicted to have landed (We know that a payload released ju…

ICSEDS Launch Trip

Last Sunday, members of Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (ICSEDS) travelled to Elsworth, Cambridgeshire, for their first launch trip. The aim was to launch two …

SpIN Placement Opportunities 2013

The Space Internship Network (SpIN) has been designed to provide an introductory link for undergraduate students considering employment in the Space sector, and employers looking to find the most tale…

Upcoming Events

Two events to look forward to in third term! Launch Trip On the 5th May we’re taking a minibus up to a launch site to allow our two high altitude balloon teams to launch their balloons, and we’re …

Discount Tickets for the Festival of the Spoken Nerd!

Good news! The production team for the Festival of the Spoken Nerd are offering discount tickets to anyone who hears about the show through ICSEDS! Details below (in red). Festival of the Spoken …

Internship Opportunities for RBS ESSA Accredited Society Members

So as it turns out being affiliated to RBS ESSA also means we get emails about exclusive internships for our members! See below for the first lot. We’ll keep posting these as we get them in case anyon…

The UK Space Design Competition 2013

Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd of March a team of ICSEDS members joined other volunteers and professionals at the UK Space Design Competition (UKSDC) finals at Imperial College London. The UKS…

A Good Week for ICSEDS

This week we’ve had two pieces of great news! Firstly, thanks to our events officer, we’ve secured funding in the form of helium for the HAB teams. A big thank you goes out to Imperial’s Chemical Eng…

Committee 2013/14 Elected!

At last night’s AGM ICSEDS members voted in favour of our new constitution, which can be viewed on the constitution page. The committe elections for the next academic year where then held, where we f…

Manifestos for AGM

Well done to those who filled out the nominations form for next year’s committee! Here are the manifestos for your viewing pleasure. Remember the elections will take place at the AGM: Thursday 14th …

How do you organise a space conference? Planet.

Eleven students from the Imperial College Students for the Exploration and Development of Space society (shortened to ICSEDS for obvious reasons) attended the National Student Space Conference 2013 at…

Volunteer for IOP’s Physics in the Field events

The IOP is looking for volunteers for their Physics in the Field events over the summer. Throughout summer 2013, the Institute’s physics in society team and local branches will be taking physics …

DLR EDEN Initiative Intership

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) are looking for space enthusiastic and motivated students wanting to do a 6-month internship within the DLR EDEN Initiative. The EDEN Initiative is a newly created r…

Nominations for committee 2013/14 open today

Today marks the opening of the nominations for next years ICSEDS committee. The nomination will remain open between today, 18th February 2013, and March 8th 2013. The elections themselves will t…

ICSEDS AGM 2012/13

ICSEDS are happy to announced the time and date of this year’s AGM: Thursday 14th March 2013 Huxley LT 144 7pm The AGM involves a run-down of how the society has been performing with regards to projec…

We are the 15%!

A record breaking (well it had to be) 15% of ICSEDS are going to the UKSEDS conference this year!…

Project Opportunity : UKSEDS Payload for DARE Stratos II

There is an opportunity to for a UKSEDS wide project involving flying an experiment on a dutch sounding rocket. UKSEDS may be able to provide a proposal for a scientific payload. A project would nee…

Welcome to a new term!

Well here we are again at the start of a new year and a new term. Hopefully everyone had a great holiday season (if you had to revise for exams, I feel your pain). Anyway it’s back to projects now…

Happy Holidays!

Hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and are enjoying the holidays so far. Here’s to a wonderful New Year and see you all again in January! ICSEDS Committee 2012/13…

Helium Shortages! Run to the hills!!!!

(Apologies for the source, I found it on google news HONEST! I looked on BBC but they have yet to report it so maybe its not true?) Story…

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd Trip

ICSEDS is proud to announce it’s first industry trip for this accademic year! SSTL is an independent British company within the EADS Astrium group. More information can be found on their website …

Lunar Observation by Astrosoc

Our lovely friends at Astrosoc have invited us along to their event again! Details below: Join us at Astrosoc’s first monthly lunar observation! We will be packing out our binoculars and telescopes …

IMAX Afternoon – Fly me to the Moon 3D

Due to the separate projects in the society it’s rare we get the chance to meet up outside of those groups, so we are going to abuse the fact Imperial College Students can get into the Science museum …

High Altitude Ballooning First Meeting

I know you have been waiting for the first meeting to kick off the start of High Altitude Weather Ballooning, we at ICSEDS are very excited too. The first meeting will take place: Tuesday 20th Novemb…

Pulse Jet Engine Casual Meeting

We are a small group/project but with exciting possibilities! As this is not a very big project yet we have the opportunity for more freedom and lax approach to doing things. I would like to just m…

First Rocketry Meeting

The first meeting of ICSEDS rocketry group this will take place today: Thursday 15th November 2012 at 6pm in Chemical Engineering LT-3 (Lecture Theatre 3) This building is quite a maze so there wi…

Welcome to the new ICSEDS Website!

We are proud to present our new website! Check back here for regular news and updates about projects, events, meetings and all that jazz! Any problems with the website? Thought of something we s…