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 →
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 →
So here's another little clip of Vincent Deguin talking about the science behind the payload for our Spaceport America Cup rocket. Without your support of our Crowdfunding campaign this rocket won't fly - you can find out more, donate or share here https://theoucrowd.hubbub.net/p/Rocket-Rover/ https://youtu.be/571f0kPHwOA
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →