The rundown

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.

Each university can create one rocket for each level of competition, the Basic Competition and the Advanced Competition. Each level of competition additionally breaks down into 3 challenges regarding engine design whether it be Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS), Student Researched And Designed (SRAD) hybrid engine or Student Researched And Designed (SRAD) solid engine. The goal of the Basic Competition is to launch a 10 lb payload closest to 10 000 feet above ground level. The goal of the Advanced Competition is to launch a 10 lb payload closest to 30 000 feet above ground level.

Last year the team competed successfully against 120 international teams at the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. We were one of 63 that successfully managed to launch our rocket. It is also noteworthy to state that we were one of 25 selected to present for our research and development of alternative low weight and cost structure, where we discussed our decision to prioritize weight savings and drastically reduce the cost all while manufacturing a structure sufficiently strong for launch. This unique design consisted of plywood for the body tubing.

This year the team will be competing again, with an improved rocket design. In order to do this the team plans on implementing as many student researched and designed components as possible. New this year the Carleton team that formerly competed at CanSat competition has joined CU InSpace and will develop the payload for the rocket. The addition of the payload team will allow the team to compete in the STL Payload Challenge at the Spaceport America Cup unlike last year where the team used steel rods for a payload. Before joining CU InSpace the CanSat team finished 3rd and 2nd in their competition 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 for their competition.

Background

Founded in 2015, CU InSpace works to compete in the annual Spaceport America Cup, formerly known as Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. Since its inception the team has worked hard to design, test and build the rocket. After two years of work the team was finally able to travel to New Mexico to compete in the first annual Spaceport America Cup in the summer of 2017. At competition the team was one of 60, out of 120, to launch at competition. Additionally the team was selected to present at a podium session at competition due to the unique design of the body of the rocket, only 25 teams were selected for this. In the future the team hopes to travel to competition and include more student researched and designed components in the rocket.

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 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.

Rollout

In order to compete in the upcoming competition the team has to build a capable rocket. To achieve this the team has to first develop the technologies it is currently researching, these include but are not limited to manufacturing our own parachutes, our own electronics, a newer, lighter and cheaper structure (all while meeting structural requirements). Once the testing has been done the team will then have to manufacture the rocket and send it to competition.

Impact

The team provides valuable learning and hands-on knowledge and gaining experience that will be applicable out there in the real world after graduation. CU InSpace also has reached out to the local community and spread across the country. Some examples of this work include:

Ottawa Rocketry Group – to learn from the experienced, show them what Carleton students are capable of and inspiring the younger generation
Small paper rocket competition’s at Carleton to promote the team and to promote rocketry
Outreach to local high schools
In addition, we are now in communication with all the Canadian teams who are also competing in this competition to promote rocketry in Canada as well as work at bettering our individual teams by sharing lessons learned from one project to the other. The competition also allows students to meet other university students from around the world and build connections. Some of these teams included:
MIT
University of Ohio
New York City College
Oklahoma State
Switzerland RORO Team (consists of several Swiss Universities)
Seoul National University

The Team

William Zoratto

President

Cameron Euler

Jr. President

Liam Neave

Treasurer

Alexander Gmerek

Jr. Treasurer

Martin Aucoin

Sr. Aerostructures Lead

Richard Vicente

Sr. Aerostructures Lead

Andrew Dion

Sr. Systems Lead

Shaziana Kaderali

Sr. Systems Lead

Issac Csekey

Jr. Aerostructures Lead

Aures Thomas

Jr. Aerostructures Lead

James Anawanti

Aerostructures Team Member

Spencer Carlyle

Aerostructures Team Member

Nolan Chafe

Aerostructures Team Member

Philippe Decoste

Aerostructures Team Member

Udaypaul Dhaliwal

Aerostructures Team Member

Keely Gibb

Aerostructures Team Member

Guy Izere

Aerostructures Team Member

Raphael Kabuuri

Aerostructures Team Member

Trevor Kissell

Aerostructures Team Member

Kian Molani

Aerostructures Team Member

Johnny Park

Aerostructures Team Member

Ethan Payne

Aerostructures Team Member

Dhrumil Soni

Aerostructures Team Member

Aman Sunesera

Aerostructures Team Member

William Tanujaya

Aerostructures Team Member

Caleb Thuswaldner

Aerostructures Team Member

Gokulan Vaasuthevan

Aerostructures Team Member

Colin Anderson

Systems Team Member

Sam Black

Systems Team Member

Luke Boguski

Systems Team Member

Apeksha Budhkar

Systems Team Member

Anto Dency

Systems Team Member

Samuel Dewan

Systems Team Member

Abby MacGillivray

Systems Team Member

Federico Naranjo

Systems Team Member

Nabil Roberts

Systems Team Member

Morgan Smith

Systems Team Member

Cameron Somers

Systems Team Member

Heidi Bathory

Payload Team Member

Darren Tse

Payload Team Member

Backers

Dave Wilson

Good luck in the 2018 Competition!

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