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SAC 2019 – Results

Well the scores are in and the team have managed a total of 642.2 points! There were 109 team competing, only 4 of which were Universities from UK specialising in engineering and space projects. The OU student team were successful in being the first UK team to be prepared to launch and scored the highest... Continue Reading →

SAC 2019 – Launch

After a day of conferencing and networking with fellow teams at Las Cruces, New Mexico we received great feedback on the design. The Judges looked at our payload and asked us about our Science and found our rocket was sound and ready for Launch. We arrived at the launch site aiming to launch the rocket... Continue Reading →

Blast off!

The OU Planetary Robotics Student Team are in New Mexico to compete in the Spaceport America Cup 2019, the world's premier student rocket competition. 121 others teams from all over the globe will be taking part in New Mexico, USA. Currently the competition is in its third year, but this is the first team from... Continue Reading →

Spaceport America Cup 2019

The team are hard at work in New Mexico preparing the rocket for launch. It's been a hectic few days but we're very excited!   We're hoping to launch Thursday morning (GMT-6) so stay tuned to hear how we're getting on. Thanks again to all of our sponsors and for our followers for all your... Continue Reading →

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 →

European Rover Challenge

After just missing out on a place at URC the team at OUPR have decided to enter the Rover into the European Rover Challenge. The team have been working hard on getting the Rover ready for the ERC which takes place 13th-15th September in Kieice, Poland. Follow our social media channels to keep updated on... Continue Reading →

Meet Rob

Rob Adlard finishes his B Eng degree with the Open University this summer, having studied Material Properties and Design. Rob created the projects, initially with the rover, and then later the rocket, re-branding the group the OU Planetary Robotics to encompass the different projects. "I really hope that some OU students can keep these projects... Continue Reading →

No-go to URC

Firstly, we wanted to thank everyone so much for their support, and the team for their hard work. The team heard from the URC competition in Utah, and although we got a good score (70.8%) we narrowly missed out on a place at the competition. We’re now working towards the European Rover Competition which takes... Continue Reading →

Meet Sarah

Sarah is currently studying her final year of a Maths and Physics bachelors at the OU. Her role is coding for both Rover and Rocket teams this year. Sarah says "Space and science is singing that has interested me ever since I was a kid, and I've always felt it's in our best interest as... Continue Reading →

Thank you

A big thanks to everyone for helping us with our crowdfunding campaign. We've been amazed by your generosity and have exceeded our target, so thank you! We'd also like to thank Design Spark for their support, we're very excited and grateful to be working with you. With the campaign coming to a close this weekend,... Continue Reading →

Meet Tom

Tom is a PhD student at the Open University with a background in Physics and Astronomy. He is currently working at the Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) in the space instrumentation department and is the Electronics Team Leader for both the Rover and Rocket projects. Tom says: "The team are working really hard on both... 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 Olivia

Olivia has just graduated from the OU with a BSc in Astronomy and Planetary Science and is now studying for MSc in Space Science and Technology. While working full time for a UK airline she also volunteers for UKSEDS (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space), helping to organise some of their events.... Continue Reading →

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