Competition Rockets

AQUILA

Aquila is a single-stage rocket powered by a commercial solid-fuel engine and is scheduled to compete in the 9 km category at the Spaceport America Cup (SAC) in New Mexico in June 2023. Compared to its successful predecessors CARL I and CARL II, Aquila's apogee will be three times higher and, for the first time in Space Team Aachen's history, a rocket will break the sound barrier.
Launch
Spaceport America Cup, 2023
Objective
Break the sound barrier and gain experience in supersonic conditions
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Spaceport America Cup, 2023
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Spaceport America Cup, 2023
Aquila consists of the nose cone, recovery-, accessible- and engine section. The nose cone consists of a tip made of aluminum and glass fiber, von Karman shaped ogive. The payload is located inside the nose cone. The ejection system and parachutes are part of the recovery section, allowing the rocket to land safely on the ground. The accessible section is an original and completely novel design of Space Team Aachen. The section consists of three removable covers made of fiberglass-reinforced polyamide and three steel rods that allow easy and quick access to the rocket's critical systems, including the engine and recovery electronics. Hence, it eliminates the need to disassemble the rocket to access the electronics and assures that each subteam can work independently on their system. The engine section is composed of the motor, the fins and the boattail. To achieve the targeted apogee of 9 000 m, a Cesaroni 19318-N3301-P commercial off-the-shelf engine is used. The two fuselage tubes of the recovery and thruster sections are manufactured using a split-mould process with carbon-fibre-reinforced polymers. The four fins are made of fiberglass-reinforced polymers and are attached to the rocket using a designed 3D-printed alignment fixture. To reduce drag and dissipate the experienced forces when the rocket touches down, the boattail is made of aluminum.

Overview

Altitude
9 000 m
Mass
30 kg
Height
3 m
Max Speed
Mach 1.8
Launch
2023
Objective
First competition rocket to exceed the speed of sound and to reach 9000 m.
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CARL - Competitive Aachen Rocket Launcher

Following the success of our smaller data-gathering rockets "MoRa", "Duhnsen Brenner" and "FRODO", "CARL" is our first competition-ready high-power rocket that launched very successfully at EUROC in October 2020. It is one of the fastest developed and manufactured student-rocket by any student-initiative (less than 1 year). CARL was originally designed with the regulations of the SPC (10,000 feet COTS-engine category) in mind, for which we were the first-ever German team to be officially selected to launch amongst the top student-teams all over the world in June 2020. The competition was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19, but the pandemic could not dent our spirits as we stuck to our decided timeline and followed through with subsequent projects. CARL is named in part after the great emperor Charlemagne (Karl der Gro├če), who ruled from and died in Aachen. The colours and our mission-patch for CARL honour our journey and the entities that have supported us through it.
Launch
Spaceport America Cup, 2023
Objective
Break the sound barrier and gain experience in supersonic conditions
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Spaceport America Cup, 2023
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Spaceport America Cup, 2023
The nose-cone is a fibre-glass composite to allow for GPS transmission with a 3D-printed core and a specialised nose-tip. The body tube is an aluminium core finished with a completely modern carbon-fibre winding technology and very high safety factors. The engine used is an Aerotech M2400T with a high starting thrust and constant thrust-curve. The avionics are state-of-the-art indigenously developed and programmed systems for maximum telemetry and active feedback for the airbrakes in development. Recovery will be performed through a dual-event parachute system (drogue + main) employing redundant ejection and release technologies. CARL will be carrying 2 scientific payloads in the 3U CubeSat configuration, one to test equipment for our project IMFEX, and the other to test aspects of our upcoming hybrid-rocket project

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