Rocket Project AzimUT
AzimUT is the flagship project of Space Society Twente. We started in 2021 and we are actively developing, building, and launching rockets. The AzimUT team is a highly motivated, skilled, and disciplined team that would like to introduce rocketry to Twente. By combining our absolute interest, vast capability, and enormous motivation for rocketry, we plan to develop and build rockets that will participate in national and international challenges. This ambitious project can be divided into sub teams, working together and helping each other where necessary.
This team will focus on the engineering and construction of our rockets. A typical rocket consists of a rocket engine, a mounting solution for the rocket engine, a fuselage, a parachute deployment system, and a nose cone. Building a successful rocket can be quite a challenge. For example, the motor mount needs to withstand the forces of the rocket engine and the parachute needs to deploy successfully and at the right time. Another challenge is keeping the weight as low as possible, because any extra weight will decrease the maximum height of our rocket. Of course there are many more challenges to overcome.
The Avionics team focuses on the electronics and software of the rocket. Its activities range from PCB to embedded software development while keeping an eye on weight and size, therefore working in tandem with the construction team.
Design goals so far have been data logging and storage for environmental and flight characteristics, with new features such as wireless communication and GPS locating on the way. Future plans to control the rocket in-flight by the means of thrust vector control (TVC) are being thought out, placing even more of a reliance on this interesting field of rocketry.
The GNC team primarily focuses on designing and testing the control of the rocket’s flight path subsystem. GNC stands for guidance, navigation, and control systems that power spacecraft. Most of the teammates work on running computer simulations determining how the rocket will behave under certain conditions. GNC team is also responsible for modelling and controlling these simulations for members of the Avionics team. One important goal of the team is modelling and controlling the rocket equipped with Thrust Vector Control (TVC), which in simple words is trying to keep balancing the rocket’s flight path. Furthermore, one of the upcoming plans for the team is controlling the rocket’s air brakes behaviour.
The media team focuses on making our name known to other students and organizations, mainly through social media and events. They will communicate with our sponsors and organize team events and fun activities. The best part is that this team will also design and paint the exterior of the rockets!
We want to form the AzimUT project into a real student team that will compete with other student rocketry teams around the world. So are you a space enthusiast? Are you looking for a challenge? Do you want to help introducing rocketry to Twente? Contact the board for more information! Anyone can join, there are no other prerequisites than being intersted and motivated! This is a part-time project