13.07.2018

Rocket developed by AGH Space Systems succeeds at a U.S. competition


photos by Maciej Talar, KSAF AGH UST

Turbulencja – a rocket created by AGH UST students - won second place in the 9km apogee liquid rocket propulsion system category at this year’s IREC event held in the United States. The AGH Space Systems team is so far the first and only Polish team to have taken part in the prestigious Spaceport America Cup event. AGH UST constructors competed against the best rocketry teams in the world.

IREC (Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition) held as part of Spaceport America Cup 2018 attracted 132 teams from all over the world, trying their luck in six categories. Turbulencja competed against other designs in the 9 km altitude liquid rocket propulsion class. The AGH-UST’s team launched yet another rocket – Panda 3 – competing in the 3km hybrid category.

Teams participating in the event were assessed on the basis of technical documentation, the quality of the final project, the rocket’s flight and recovery, the number of student researched and designed components and the team’s general professionalism. Based on its performance against all the listed criteria, Turbulencja won second place in its category. In addition, AGH Space Systems received a few other honours, including those granted for project management, flight safety features as well as team spirit and sportsmanship.

This year’s (second) edition of Spaceport America Cup – a prestigious rocket engineering competition supported by leading companies operating in the aerospace industry, including SpaceX, Blue Origin or Boeing, was held in New Mexico, US, from 19 to 23 June. Spaceport America is the world’s largest privately-owned space port.

Turbulencja makes use of liquid propellant rocket engine design, which AGH Space Systems tested for the first time last year on Błędowska Desert.  Members of the team, which has been active at AGH UST since 2014, specialise in the development of technologies for the aerospace industry, in particular the construction of rockets, satellites, space probes and Martian rovers. The team have already won awards at a number of international competitions, including CanSat Competition, the Global Space Balloon Challenge (where they beat 400 rival teams) and the European Rover Challenge.