National Rocketry Championship


NRC was a 5-month long journey, starting in February, when our team began to work on the preliminary design, and ending with the launch at MRC in early July. The rocket was optimised for altitude and was able to carry a custom-made scientific payload of 100g. Durham team was working hard, coming in the top 25% of all the teams in the competitions.

Rocket

The rocket was constructed from a phenolic airframe and custom-designed and 3D-printed fins and a nose cone. On the launch day, the rocket was successfully recovered with the estimated altitude of at least 700 meters. Unfortunately, on landing, one of the fins broke off; however, the remaining airframe was intact, signifying a successful rocket recovery.


Payload

The Payload featured a tracker, utilising LoRa communication technology to transmit flight data to the ground in real-time. The tracker was collecting barometric, IMU, and GPS data throughout the flight, saving it to the flash memory along transmission. We designed a custom PCB for the project as well as programmed a microcontroller based on Arm M0+ core, developed by Seeeduino.