Technology demonstrator of a rocket carrying a deployable fleet of autonomous gliders

Patrick Spieler, Elena Sorina Lupu, Dalmir Hasic, Michael Spieler, Michael Pellet, Hassan Arif, Cyril Baumann, Quentin Talon, Emilio Lozano, Oliver Kirchhoff, Laurent Jung, Stephane Teste, Christian Cardinaux, Anton Ivanov, Dario Floreano, Stefano Mintchev

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Abstract

The Intercollegiate Rocket Competition (IREC) gathers students across the world to design and build a rocket that reaches an altitude of 10,000 ft (approximately 3 km) or 30,000 ft (approximately 9 km). The rocket needs to carry 8.8 lb (4 kg) of payload. As a part of this competition, team DUSTER, formed by students from three Swiss universities designed and built a rocket targeting an apogee of 3 km. The rocket's propulsion system is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelve solid motor. Custom avionics inside the rocket nosecone log and transmit telemetry back to the ground, control the ejection of the nosecone and the payload deployment. A payload is placed in the rocket. This payload consists of an autonomous glider that is ejected at apogee. The technology behind both the rocket and the payload, together with concepts for this year's glider and future autonomous fleet of gliders, are presented in this paper. The design process and manufacturing, along with tests done and issues faced over the course of the project are also outlined along with the solutions and recommendations for future iterations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication68th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2017
Subtitle of host publicationUnlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security
PublisherInternational Astronautical Federation, IAF
Pages11654-11668
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781510855373
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 25 Sep 201729 Sep 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Volume17
ISSN (Print)0074-1795

Conference

Conference68th International Astronautical Congress: Unlocking Imagination, Fostering Innovation and Strengthening Security, IAC 2017
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period25/09/1729/09/17

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