CU InSpace is an engineering design team that specializes in the production of high-powered rockets. The team is composed of undergraduate students with a shared passion for rocketry that work to compete in the annual Spaceport America Cup and the Launch Canada Challenge. We design, build and launch a rocket and a 10 lb payload to an altitude of 10,000 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 teams 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. Last year the team competed in the 2021 Virtual Spaceport America Cup, placing 13th in our category and winning the overall team sportsmanship award!
This fund will be put towards the construction and testing of the 2021-22 edition of our rocket. The funds donated will also enable the team to take on longer-term challenges like developing a hybrid rocket engine, which will allow the team to launch the rocket to new heights. Finally, the fund will be used for outreach to the Carleton community, fostering an interest in space technology and rocketry amongst our peers through events like a model rocket competition, online seminars, and games nights.
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.