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 →

Meet Dave

Name: Dave John Harris Age: 35 Studying: Master of Engineering (MEng) Team: OU Planetary Robotics Student Team Current projects: Mars Rover and Spaceport Rocket Since joining the team earlier this year Dave has worked closely with the Mars Rovers Lead Mechanical Engineer Rob Adlard, and has recently been invited to work on the design of... 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 →

Crowdfunding now live!

Our crowdfunding campaign is now live and we need your help! Please support our projects by donating whatever you can spare. These projects really do go a long way of helping us students gain valuable experience. To donate to our crowdfunding campaign please click here. You could receive one of our rewards as a thank you!... Continue Reading →

Mars Rover Project

The team is now in it's 3rd year of working on rovers, and are working towards competing in the University Rover Challenge (URC) which takes place in Utah at the end of May 2019. The team built the rover last year, and are now working further on coding and electronics to improve the functions of... 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 →

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