On May 29, 2019, the team “Student’s Rocket” of Noosphere Engineering School, represented by students of Oles Honchar Dnipro National University, has launched a rocket at the launch site of Pavlograd Mechanical Plant.
It is the second launch of student’s rocket, performed by this team. The first one took place in April of 2018 at the same launch site.
The launch of two rockets was scheduled for 9.00 a.m. Unfortunately, automatic equipment of the two rockets started to generate errors since it was damaged during off-the-road transportation. The team took a decision to repair the damage directly at the launch site.
Automatic missile testing began to issue errors. The team decided to fix the problem directly at the launch site.
The attempts were successful and at 11.45 a.m. the first rocket with CanSat satellites has reached the target altitude and brought satellites there. Recovery system has successfully brought the rocket back to Earth.
Follow the link to watch a video of the start and landing.
And the link to the video directly from the rocket.
Having accomplished their task under operational conditions, the two CanSat research vehicles landed as well at the planned landing point and were picked up by a search team.
Unfortunately, it was impossible to fix electronics failures of the second rocket in the field, so its launch was postponed. This rocket was not supposed to lift payload, but it had a target flight altitude up to 7km.
Vadim Solntsev from Noosphere Engineering School, Mentor of the team, considers the launch to be successful despite the fact that only one of the two rockets took off. “It is quite encouraged to see that the students decided to go all the way and almost reassembled the rocket manually right at the test field. The team demonstrated resilience and willingness to work and make decisions under real-life conditions.”
Bogdan Bukaev and Vladislav Prorok, students representing the team, provide the reason why it is important for them to participate in such initiatives: “There are many ways to gain theoretical knowledge in the area of rocket science. However, it is almost impossible to apply this knowledge in practice. That is why we participate in the “Student’s Rocket” – in order to gain practical experience in rocket launching, to go through all the stages personally: from design and assembly to launching a rocket and capturing flight information.”
Alexey Kulik, Head of the Laboratory for Space Research and Technology of Noosphere Engineering School, speaks of the importance of going through all the stages of the process:
“The main task is not only to place a rocket or satellite in a target point, but also to carry out certain measurements and transmit information on a real time basis. That is, launching a student rocket is a complete cycle: development of a launch vehicle, flight observation systems, systems for receiving information from a rocket during flight, designing and manufacturing of a payload representing a CanSat type research microsatellite and systems receiving information from it. The team prepared for the launch two solid-propellant rockets, both of about 1.7m and 7kg. The load capacity of a CanSat carrier is about 700 g, another rocket carries less – up to 300 g, but its task is not to carry a certain payload, but to ensure the experimental development of design, engine and other parts of the rocket.”
It should be noted that amateur rocket science is gaining popularity all over the world. And such an experience is highly valued by potential employers of all international space companies. It is, therefore, so important that Ukrainian students have the opportunity to participate in projects like the “Student’s Rocket”.
Congratulations to our team on the successful launch!