We’re in New Mexico!

So, this is a little different from Milton Keynes! It's 37 degrees here for a start, and could get hotter, which poses a real challenge for our payload which requires sufficient cooling to produce ice...but we'll get to that in subsequent posts! So, we rented the largest truck available, and we, erm, kinda of managed... Continue Reading →

Meet Emma

Emma is Project Manager at OUPR, studying Natural Sciences with Open University and joined the team earlier this year. As project manager, she monitors the team's progress and assists with tasks to help keep everyone on track. "While I don't necessarily have a technical background, I really wanted to be involved with a project that... Continue Reading →

Meet Vincent

So here is the first of a few clips where PhD student Vincent Deguin will be describing a little of the purpose of the rocket payload for the Spaceport America Cup, which we hope will produce some data to contribute to his work at the OU.

Why do rockets matter?

We mentioned this a little in our pitch, but some people have asked why rockets matter, and why is it important that we're doing this. After all, rockets aren't new technology right? So there are maybe 2 good reasons why we think this is a really worthwhile project; firstly because rockets are becoming more important... Continue Reading →

Rocket Payload

We'll write more comprehensive updates on this as time progress, but we just wanted to introduce to you Vincent Deguin. Vincent is an OU research student, and his PhD is investigating protoplanetary ice. To us mere mortals, this means looking at icy particles, how they would interact in space to form larger bodies, and then... Continue Reading →

Rocket Project

The team has been accepted to take part in the Spaceport America Cup. Lead engineer Rob Adlard says "Our rocket is 20cm in diameter, and will launch powered by a solid propellant motor with 10,000 Newton seconds total impulse, experiencing 7G on it's way to a maximum velocity of 600 mph (265 metres per second).... Continue Reading →

Can you help us?

So, today we've launched our Crowdfunding campaign. Last year we used Crowdfunding to raise funds for the rover project, and came within a couple of points in our assessment score of becoming the first UK team to go to the University Rover Challenge. This year, with your help we could do better, and make it... Continue Reading →

Crowdfunding

So, we're just about to launch our Crowdfunding on which our projects' success depends. Without your support, we cannot complete the projects or attend the competitions. To help inspire some fun ways to donate, we've set up various rewards, so we thought we'd just do some descriptions here to get around the limitations of things... Continue Reading →

Crowdfunding Imminent!

Hi, if you're a supporter of ours, we'd like to soon ask for your help in spreading the word about our fundraising. Everyone knows how Crowdfunding works these days maybe, but essentially we'd be asking for people to donate to our campaign, without which we won't be able to complete our project and attend the... Continue Reading →

Recruiting Project Managers!

Today we are launching a recruitment drive for managers to help us deliver our projects. Up until now, project founder Rob Adlard, and then Tom Buggey had run all administration of the projects. What has changed is the addition of the Spaceport America Cup to the University Rover Challenge, and Tom and Rob need to... Continue Reading →

Join Our Team

If you're an OU student, and interest in space exploration, then you can get involved in the team helping them achieve their goals. The OU Planetary Robotics team is one of a tiny number (2 or 3) UK universities that engage with these big international space engineering competitions. We could use your support, particularly if... Continue Reading →

About the projects

If you're an Open University student interested in space and robotics then get involved in one of our projects. We're particularly interested in hearing from people with some knowledge of electronics and coding, but it's also a great way to learn new things for everyone, and an amazing opportunity to get to travel to the... Continue Reading →

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