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Aerospace 2015, 2(1), 91-117; doi:10.3390/aerospace2010091

The Development of Rocketry Capability in New Zealand—World Record Rocket and First of Its Kind Rocketry Course

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
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Rocket Lab Ltd., 3A Airpark Drive, Auckland 2022, New Zealand
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
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Academic Editor: Konstantinos Kontis
Received: 24 December 2014 / Accepted: 12 February 2015 / Published: 25 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Driving Forward Aerospace Innovation)

Abstract

The University of Canterbury has developed a rocket research group, UC Rocketry, which recently broke the world altitude record for an I-class motor (impulse of 320–640 Ns) and has run a rocketry course for the first time in New Zealand. This paper discusses the development and results of the world record rocket “Milly” and details all the fundamental elements of the rocketry final year engineering course, including the manufacturing processes, wind tunnel testing, avionics, control and the final rocket launch of “Smokey”. The rockets Milly and Smokey are an example of the design, implementation and testing methodologies that have significantly contributed to research and graduates for New Zealand’s space program. View Full-Text
Keywords: rocketry; solid propellant rocket; canard actuation; wind tunnel; PD control; machining; avionics rocketry; solid propellant rocket; canard actuation; wind tunnel; PD control; machining; avionics
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Buchanan, G.; Wright, D.; Hann, C.; Bryson, H.; Snowdon, M.; Rao, A.; Slee, A.; Sültrop, H.P.; Jochle-Rings, B.; Barker, Z.; McKinstry, A.; Meffan, C.; Xian, G.; Mitchell, R.; Chen, X. The Development of Rocketry Capability in New Zealand—World Record Rocket and First of Its Kind Rocketry Course. Aerospace 2015, 2, 91-117.

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