Primary objectives for the aerodynamics team for the coming year include ensuring static and dynamic flight stability for variable launch conditions, and drag profile estimation for effective deployment of the airbrake mechanism. Team members will work with a variety of computer programs, including but not limited to ANSYS Fluent, and OpenRocket to provide accurate altitude and flight dynamics predictions.
The electrical team is responsible for many critical tasks, as the on-board avionics must perform data collection and allow safe rocket recovery. This includes tracking the rocket's altitude and GPS location and transmitting it to the ground. Additionally, automated nose cone separation and parachute deployment are vital to safety. These crucial systems require redundancy in order to ensure a successful flight
The construction team is responsible for manufacturing and assembly of all components, from prototyping to the final rocket build. The team will work heavily with testing and developing new composites layup techniques in Queen’s new composites manufacturing facility, and with the Mechanical Engineering Department’s outstanding team of machinists in the machine shop in McLaughlin Hall.
The kit rocket team will be responsible for assembling smaller rockets and launching to around 1000 ft when in-flight testing of components is required. Innovative ideas such as air-brakes and cold gas thrusting may be implemented on the larger rocket in the future, so they will first be tested using a smaller prototype. New members are strongly encouraged to join this sub-team as assembling kit rockets is the best way to learn how subsystems interact, and there will be more opportunities for launches.
The Launch Canada team is tasked with designing an original rocket subsystem for Launch Canada Technology Development challenge. An emphasis is placed on the business-side of rocket engineering as the team must present a plan for bringing this subsystem to market.
The mechanical team will be responsible for the structural design of any load-bearing components within the rocket, and any of its subsequent subsystems. The team will work heavily in conjunction with the aerodynamics and construction teams in particular, to ensure feasibility of all proposed designs.
The objective of any sounding rocket is to deliver a payload to its given altitude. As such, the payload design presents an integral component of the rocket design process. It is an inherently interdisciplinary project that requires students from a wide array of engineering backgrounds to work together effectively, to establish a functional and reliable payload design.
The propulsion team is tasked with the design, manufacturing, and testing of the hybrid rocket motor and all relevant sub-systems including the oxidizer tank, combustion chamber, nozzle, fuel grain and injector. Our student researched and developed (SRAD) motor will send our rocket past 10,000ft in future competitions. Members can gain experience using CAD, FEA and CFD analysis, as well as cusotm hybrid performance simulation tools.