We are a diverse team of students from many fields designing, manufacturing and testing rockets from Aachen, Germany. The purpose of our rockets is to gain knowledge and experience in the general engineering design process as well as in the technological challenges of space flight. It is important to us, to exchange the gained knowledge throughout all team members. We design, manufacture and build the rockets with integrity and go through rigorous testing to ensure safety.
Our vision is to design rockets to participate in international rocketry challenges. Additionally, we want to gain as much knowledge as possible through experimental projects and provide it to all our team members. Lastly we hope to inspire the next generation of students in the aerospace field.
All our teams are individually working on their part of the projects, according to ECSS project management guidelines. Once a month we combine the development progress in a general assembly.
In this team the physical structure of the rocket is designed. Mechanical problems such as production technology, trajectory calculations and structural integrity are tackled. All parts of the rocket are modelled with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and manufactured by the team members. In the future we hope to use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to improve our rockets even more. Test procedures and conduction are also part of the structural team.
All electronic parts of the rocket such as sensors, flight computer and ignition are developed in this team. The circuits are designed from scratch and later soldered by team members. Additionally the Code for the flight computer is written to ensure correct trajectory and flight data measurements during the launch of the rocket. In the future this team will work on challenging tasks like steerable fins and an electronic parachute ejection system.
The mechanical systems subteam develops the recovery system, altitude and attitude control systems as well as our payload. Projects require mechanical and electrical issues to be solved. The team uses a variety of CAE software to achieve optimised designs for each project. The picture shows, the preparation for the CARL recovery system test.
The innovations team develops the future technologies that will be incorporated in our rockets.
Current projects are a thrust vector controlled (TVC) rocket and a fin controlled rocket. These systems are tested in an upgraded FRODO rocket.
A good understanding of control engineering, mechanical design and electronics are needed in this team.
The propulsion team is the newest team of the Space Team Aachen. The goal is to develop our own rocket engines to fly more powerful rockets to even higher altitudes. Additionally, this opens the possibility to provide deep physical research in the field of rocket engines.
Currently the propulsion team is setting up our own hybrid rocket engine test bench in corporation with the DLR Lampoldshausen. Besides that, our first hybrid rocket engine as well as the next level rocket are in development.
The marketing team takes care of all non technical tasks in the space team. For example sponsoring, social media and event planning are handled. Additionally, future concepts to improve the teams possibilities are developed. The space team is planning to set up a workshop with the TechAachen e.V. to work on all space projects in the same location. This workshop is lead by the marketing team.