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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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