On Monday (October 24) we held a general brainstorming meeting to plan the design for our submission to the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC). The IREC will be held in June of 2017.
We have completed the electronics bay, fin cans and printed out our custom E-bay cover. Soon we will begin to attach the body tubes to the fin cans and start testing of our electronic components. Over the next month we will begin to write our technical report, if you are interested in helping please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s competition rocket has made good progress over the month of March. With the design finalized we were able to begin working on parts for the fin cans and electronics bay. This included fiber-glassing sheets of wood and cutting out fins for the upper stage using the fiberglass reinforced wood with our CNC mill. Additionally we cut and sanded most of the wooden components for the fin cans and electronics bay. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org
The rocket for the 2016 University Student Rocket Competition is almost done with its design and next week we will start the process of building the rocket. The meeting time for the Competition Rocket this year is going to be Mondays at 7:00 pm in Furnas 1025 for the rest of the semester. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Peter Wilkins at peter(dot)wilkins(at)ubseds(dot)org
Late in April 2015 were the certification flights. Launch was with URRG (Upstate Research Rocketry Group) in Potter, NY. Cloudy day, but plenty of members progressed as well as welcoming new members! But, be wary of what you’re holding — as so photogenically captured by our current president, Daniel Miller.
On Sunday, April 28, 2014, many UB-SEDS members achieved certifications with the Tripoli Rocketry Association at the URRG launch in Potter, NY. 18 UB-SEDS members were in attendance. 7 members achieved their L1 certification and 2 received their L2 certification. Club members also launched several other rockets, including a spectacular flight of Sab’s rocket “Claudia” to finish off the day.
Congratulations to the following members who received their certifications:
UB-SEDS is involved in the University Student Rocketry Challenge (USRC), a rocketry competition sponsored by SEDS-USA to design, build, and launch a multi-stage high power rocket to the highest altitude. Points are awarded for the altitude reached and the number of stages. More information about the competition can be found at http://seds.org/usrc/.
Additionally, this year we intend to compete in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competitions (IREC), which is a more experimental competition that allows multistage rockets with any chemical propulsion types. In 2017, the IREC will be held at the Spaceport America Cup. To learn more, check out http://www.soundingrocket.org/what-is-irec.html.
To get involved in Competition Rocketry, contact Peter Wilkins at email@example.com.
High-Power Rocketry Certification
In addition to the competition, UB-SEDS members have the chance to earn High Power Rocketry Certification from the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). In the past year, we’ve had 8 members earn their level 1 certification and 3 earn their level 2 certification. To get involved in High-Power Rocketry, contact Peter Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low-Power Rocketry the project group for members who are interested in building their own rocketry but are looking for a lite version of High-Power Rocketry. To get involved with Low-Power Rocketry, contact Andy Perez at email@example.com.
Who can join?
While the rocketry competition team is primarily aerospace, mechanical, and electrical engineers, we welcome individuals from all disciplines to help out. Rocketry team members have the chance to learn technical CAD skills, help with the rocket design in the OpenRocket software package, and have a hands-on experience building and integrating the competition rocket or their own rockets.
On Saturday, 3/26/11, UB Rocketry held a launch event in Elba NY. Every rocket launched successfully, including several high-powered launches. Below is a video taken from an onboard camera on a rocket, which traveled to about 2500 feet. More pictures and video to follow shortly.