Projects

We work on a variety of exciting space-related projects. This year, our main projects are component-level projects and proofs-of-concept that will give us practice of what we’ll need to one day launch something into space.

Some projects have their own pages with more information and blog entries for that project: they’re the ones whose titles are links.


  • Flying a High-Altitude Balloon
  • Constructing a Drone
  • Entering the UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship (NRC)

2017/2018

This year we’re working on continuing our ongoing projects, as well as some smaller ideas aimed as short introductory projects.

Drone Quad-copter: In Progress

Although the drone has been flying before we’re working on some changes. We’re looking to have this up and flying again soon though!

High-Altitude Ballooning: Starting Soon

Progress with the balloon has been slow however we’re eager to get it up this year. We have all the equipment and are currently working on the payload. Hopefully with a camera mounted on the body we can upload some fantastic images!

UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship (NRC)

We’re currently planning out our rocket for the UKSEDS National Rocketry Competition and are in the early design stages. Keep an eye on our twitter or instagram page to follow our progress!

Got your own idea? Let us know!

2016/2017

This year we’re working on continuing our ongoing projects, as well as some smaller ideas aimed as short introductory projects.

Quad-copter: In Progress

The quad-copter is built but is currently best described as “finicky”. We’re aiming to get this flying early in term 1, then working on the autonomous aspect.

3D Printed Orrey: Starting Soon

Orreys are small models of solar systems, which rotate relative to each other. We’re aiming to build a model of our earth, sun and moon; with the aim for expanding to include other planets in the solar system.

High-Altitude Ballooning: Ongoing

Send experimental hardware, scientific experiments, radios and cameras to 30 kilometres above the ground! High-altitude ballooning allows us to reach altitudes that we won’t get to by rocket for at least a few more years. Also, getting pictures from the upper atmosphere is always cool.

Insert Your Project Here: Starting Soon

Got an idea for a project of your own? You don’t need experience, only enthusiasm!


2015/2016

This year we’re working on four main projects: two are returning from last year, and two are new – specifically aimed at attempting to create autonomous robots.

Quadcopter: In Progress

We’re aiming to build a small RC quadcopter drone, programming it with our own stabilisation software. The eventual goal is to make it a drone: entirely autonomous.

Rover: In Progress

We want to build a small Mars style rover, either with tracks or 6 wheels. The advanced goal is for it to explore a room autonomously.

High-Altitude Ballooning: Ongoing

Send experimental hardware, scientific experiments, radios and cameras to 30 kilometres above the ground! High-altitude ballooning allows us to reach altitudes that we won’t get to by rocket for at least a few more years. Also, getting pictures from the upper atmosphere is always cool.

UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship (NRC): In Progress

It’s NRC time again!


2014/2015

This year we’re working on four main projects: two specifically aimed at exploring technologies that’ll be useful for reaching space, and two others to give new rocketeers a hands-on introduction to high-power rocketry and high-altitude ballooning.

High-Altitude Ballooning: In Progress

Send experimental hardware, scientific experiments, radios and cameras to 30 kilometres above the ground! High-altitude ballooning allows us to reach altitudes that we won’t get to by rocket for at least a few more years. Also, getting pictures from the upper atmosphere is always cool.

Torch Igniter: On Hold

The smallest useful piece of hardware for a liquid-propellant rocket engine: essentially a tiny rocket engine whose exhaust ignites the main engine. Developing a small reusable liquid-propellant engine would open up a lot of opportunities, and the experiences of other experimental rocketeers have shown that an igniter is the best place to start!

Actively Stabilised Rocket: In Progress

The typical amateur rocket flies in a straight line because of the aerodynamic effects of fixed fins. We’re trying out something more advanced: stabilising a rocket actively by gimballing the motor in response to sensor readings from an Inertial Measurement Unit, allowing for a gentler take-off acceleration and a trajectory that’s affected much less by wind. By building a small hovering rocket, we can make frequent test-flights to test control systems without risking the loss of a big expensive vehicle if something goes wrong with the control system.

UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship (NRC): In Progress

After coming 2nd last year, we are back to claim the title of “UK’s greatest aerospace society”.


2013/2014:

UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship (NRC): Complete

Some of our members worked on building a rocket for the first UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship! The goal: to build a rocket to launch an interesting scientific or technological payload to an altitude of 1000m and return it safely to Earth, with the rocket ready to be reused.