2020 Spaceport America Cup Cancelled

Sad news that the Spaceport America Cup has been completely cancelled for this year in light of COVID-19 outbreak, but given the current situation this seems to be the best decision. Full details can be found here. Fortunately for us, we have been able to secure a place in next years competition. This means our... Continue Reading →

Sponsorship rewards

As a thank you for your generosity, we wish to offer rewards for you to claim. Please note due to GDPR, when claiming rewards, please donate the exact amount for that particular reward and email us at ouplanetaryrobotics@gmail.com with your name and which reward you would like to claim. For £25 - A mission patch... Continue Reading →

Budget – Spaceport America Cup 2020

A large proportion of our fundraising target is travel and accommodation costs for the team, so without your support we won't be able to go to the competition and compete. Your donations will also go to sourcing parts and building the rocket systems; including its payload, flight computers and propulsion. The funds will be withdrawn... Continue Reading →

SAC 2019 – Results

Well the scores are in and the team have managed a total of 642.2 points! There were 109 teams competing, only four 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 →

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 →

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