The Rocketry team regrow their celestial wings with a triple win at the Spaceport America Cup
Alison Lockley, the team’s executive director and undergraduate engineering and science student, said: “It has been the most amazing and rewarding experience and I couldn’t be prouder. We overcame significant challenges to get here and it’s a testament to the tenacity and dedication of every member of my team that we were able to achieve this.
“Callistemon is not just a technical demonstration, but the culmination of new research conducted by our payload team on the use of computer vision for dynamic targeting of space debris,” said Bhavesh Balaji, director of payload useful.
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, in June the team flew to the United States to compete in the competition, making it their second Spaceport America Cup launch since winning the competition. 10,000 feet with his rocket. Silvereye in 2019. In 2021, the Spaceport America Cup held a virtual competition, with the Sydney team winning silver and bronze for their rocket, tail of fireand the payload, Tetratheca.
Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Sydney, Professor Mark Scott AO, congratulated the team on the triple to win.
“After two years of being grounded by COVID, the USYD Rocketry team has regained its heavenly wings. Their victory is a testament to their teachers and the skills and determination they have developed together and proves that students at the University of Sydney are truly world class. Congratulations to the team for this fantastic result,” said Professor Scott.
The academic supervisor of the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Associate Professor Matthew Cleary, said: “The hands-on, hands-on experience of designing and building a competition rocket has increased technical skills, project management, logistics and systems engineering students. However, and perhaps most importantly, they learned the value of leadership and teamwork – essential skills in the aerospace industry.
blue wren was constructed from a custom designed and engineered carbon fiber airframe and uses a commercial solid propellant to reach speeds 1.7 times the speed of sound.
About the team
USYD Rocketry Team is Australia’s oldest tertiary student rocket team – a dynamic group of aerospace engineering students who design and manufacture high-powered rockets and space technologies.
The team’s trip to New Mexico was supported by industry partners and more than a dozen sponsors, including Pirtek and the Sydney Manufacturing Hub, who provided in-kind support to the team.
In 2019, the team was the first Australian team to enter, compete and win the Spaceport America Cup.