Overview

CU InSpace is a dynamic engineering competition team that specializes in the production of high powered rockets. The team is comprised of undergraduate students that have a passion for rockets and design. Founded in 2015, CU InSpace works to compete in the annual Spaceport America Cup and the Launch Canada Challenge by launching the team’s rocket and a 10 lb payload to an altitude of 10,000 or 30,000 feet above the surface of the Earth.

In 2017, the CU InSpace team competed successfully against 120 international teams at their first Spaceport America Cup Competition in New Mexico. They were one of 63 that successfully managed to launch their rocket. Additionally, the team was selected to present at a podium session at the competition due to the unique design of the body of the rocket. Only 25 teams were selected for this honour. CU InSpace also successfully launched rockets at the 2018 and 2019 Spaceport America Cup Competitions, each year improving over the previous in recoverability and reusability of the booster. Funding for this year will help us create our 2020-2021 rocket and launch it at the competition!

The Rollout

This fund will support the team by offsetting costs related to the creation and testing of their rocket. The funds donated will also enable the team to take on larger and more lucrative endeavors, as they continue to develop more complex and technically challenging systems to design, build, and fly their rockets to ever-increasing heights.

The Impact

CU InSpace furthers the development of the tools needed by students in the aerospace field after graduation. Additionally, the club aids in the development of technical knowledge that students can use in the future upon entering the aerospace industry. Working in a team environment allows students to collaborate in a friendly environment with fellow students who share similar interests. In addition to helping students within the Carleton community, the club is reaching out to high schools in Ottawa to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

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