The development of the small sounding rocket program

Adam Okniński , Blazej Marciniak , B. Bartkowiak , Damian Kaniewski , Jan Matyszewski , Jan Kindracki , Piotr Wolański


This paper gives an overview of the Amelia small rocket program, developed to build low cost, reusable CanSat launchers and enable the construction of sounding rockets in the near future. The paper covers early flown designs as well as the recently tested two-stage Amelia 2 rocket. A single stage, larger CanSat launcher is also presented. All of the vehicles are propelled by reusable composite solid rocket motors that will make it possible for small scientific experiments to be sent to altitudes of up to 10 km. One of the main goals is to develop rockets that are fully recoverable and reusable, thereby reducing operational costs. The sounding rocket that is viewed as a possible outcome of the presented research is also discussed. The work on the first rotating detonating engine flying demonstrator is also covered. This paper contains descriptions of the main subsystems of the rocket. Key technical facts and the vehicle visualizations are presented. The design methodology and calculation methods are also given. The paper contains a description of the technical equipment and background developed during the program, including propellant and motor production facilities and the launch pad. The results of the program are presented. The ultimate aim is to build larger sounding rockets in Poland based on innovative propulsion technologies. This work is based on results of the joint project of the Space Technology Department of the Institute of Aviation and the Division of Aircraft Engines of the Institute of Heat Engineering of Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) with a key role played by members of the Students' Rocketry Group of the WUT Students' Space Association. Copyright© (2013) by the International Astronautical Federation.

Author Adam Okniński
Adam Okniński,,
, Blazej Marciniak - [Politechnika Warszawska]
Blazej Marciniak,,
, B. Bartkowiak
B. Bartkowiak,,
, Damian Kaniewski - [Politechnika Warszawska]
Damian Kaniewski,,
, Jan Matyszewski - [Warsaw University of Technology (PW)]
Jan Matyszewski,,
- Politechnika Warszawska
, Jan Kindracki (FPAE / IHE)
Jan Kindracki,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
, Piotr Wolański (FPAE / IHE)
Piotr Wolański,,
- The Institute of Heat Engineering
Journal seriesProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC, ISSN 0074-1795
Issue year2013
Languageen angielski
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