For the first time in Ukraine students of the Noosphere Engineering School on the basis of Oles Honchar Dnipro National University designed a rocket capable of vertical takeoff for up to 3 km.
In December 2017, the student space tournament Star Track took place at the School.
At that date, students and mentors decided to move from theory to practice and design a suborbital ultra-light carrier rocket.
The best 13 participants of the tournament formed a team of the “Student rocket” project.
It’s worth mentioning, that since 2006, similar projects have been regularly introduced in leading universities of Great Britain, the United States and China, while the concept of "student rocket" has been recognized as a stable classification category. The value of such projects lies in the fact that they give an opportunity for young researchers to test their ideas on practice. The students of the Engineering School became the first in Ukraine who developed a student rocket, according to technical requirements and standards of the category.
For 3 months, under the guidance of experienced mentors students have designed and prepared a rocket with the working title "Caliber 75".
Technical characteristics of the rocket are:
- The starting mass of the rocket – 2.7 kg,
- The height of the rocket – 1.3 m,
- Diameter of the rocket - 75 mm,
- Lifting height – 2,5-3 km,
- Payload weight – up to 400 g.
The team has already conducted training launches, while the first official launch of the rocket is scheduled for April. Students can’t wait to make it happened on April 12, on the Cosmonautics Day, but they admit that everything will depend on the weather conditions. Prototype of the CanSat satellite, weighing 330 grams, which was also developed at the School will be launched as a useful payload.
However, when the expected "Start!" phrase is announced, the team will receive even more work and pressure, as they will have to monitor, receive and process information from on-board rocket systems in real time.
"We are proud that our project is the first and one of its kind in Ukraine. None of the state universities worked on the creation or launch of a full-fledged student rocket. The technical task of our project is to launch the rocket for more than 2.5 km above the earth, lift a certain payload, successfully drop it and return back for repeated launches," – says Nikolay Dron, the Mentor of the Engineering School, Project Scientific Director, Doctor of Technical Sciences, and Professor of Oles Honchar Dnirpo National University.
Nikolay outlined future plans of the “Student rocket” team. The next stage of the project development is related to the creation, testing and exploitation of the standard carrier of CanSat microsatellites – the "Caliber 85" product with a lifting height of 3.5-5 km.
Participation in the international and all-Ukrainian tournaments is also among the School plans. By the way, the next tournament will be organized soon after the launch of the student rocket under the auspices of the Noosphere Association. This will be the second phase of the Star Track expected to be held in mid-May. At Star Track-2 students from the leading universities of Ukraine will present their satellites, which will be launched using rockets developed in the Engineering School.
"As the founder of Firefly Aerospace, I closely monitor the progress of the leading private space companies. All of them are competing in attempts to cheapen the carrier rockets and are experiencing staff shortages. We created the Noosphere Engineering School as a platform where enthusiasts or amateurs can not only become a part of the engineering community, but also work in synergy. “Star Track” and “Student rocket" projects are examples of such a symbiosis. It's good to see how rockets and satellites are developed in our laboratories, allowing Ukrainian youth not in theory, but rather on practice join the boom of space research and inventions that has covered the entire world. Thus, at our School the ideas on how to optimize carrier rockets are appearing, while potential industry experts will be definitely disclosed,” – comments Max Polyakov, founder of the Association Noosphere and Noosphere Engineering School.
Meanwhile, the students of the School and their supervisors are preparing a polygon and waiting for favorable weather conditions.
We are announcing a countdown before the launch of the first student rocket in Ukraine.
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The team of the “Student rocket” project:
- Vladislav Kalinin
- Dmitry Gatsenko
- Stanislav Serkov
- Andrey Kolomiets
- Oleg Bondarenko
- Bogdan Bukaev
- Oleg Berdo
- Irina Savchenko
- Artem Ivanov
- Alexander Dobrodomov
- Vladislav Proroka
- Elvira Aminova
- Constantine Koryachka
Team members are all students of the Faculty of Physics and Technology of Oles Honchar Dnipro National University.
Scientific and technical consultants who lead the team:
PhD, Alexey Kulik, and leading scientific specialist Vadim Solntsev.