Rocketry

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Rocket Onboard Computer Github Project

Introduction

EARS is hoping to get started with model rocketry in the coming months and find a launch site near the university. Some of our members are quite experienced flyers already and we are planning a trip to International Rocketry Week 2015 in Scotland this August. In preparation for this, we are building a lightweight flight computer which can log GPS and altitude and also transmit this data via a radio link to allow the rocket to be recovered once it has landed. Future rocket work could include UKSEDS collaborations.

Launch Sites

We are looking for potential sites. As they are suggested they can appear below and anyone willing can check with the landowner as to the feasibility of using that site.

IRW2015

This is a week of intense rocketry in Scotland, which attracts all sorts and gives you the chance to see some really big cool experimental rockets too! Phil Handley has details, but also see the webpage. We are looking to take a group up and test our flight computers.

EARS Rocket Onboard Computer

Project logo.

The EARS ROC board is currently being designed by Matt Isbell and Laurence Stant and contains a low power microcontroller that reads altitude and attitude sensors and both logs their values to an sd card as well as sending them out as radio packets to be received at tracking stations. The current design is being targeted for summer production.

The github project contains the design files, source code and eventually some 3d renders and photographs of the finished boards. We are aiming for two designs, one is a two layer thin rectangular board, the other is a set of small stacked discs. Think pack of gum versus pack of Rolos.

If you are interested in helping please get in touch!