Students analysing weather data during the countdown

Programme objectives

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Through their participation in the programme students will gain experience in how to:

  • Reproduce a scientific project: scientific objective, building and testing instrumentation, retrieve telemetry data, analysis, and conclusions
  • Work on a real rocket project as a team and interact with industry experts and other students from several different nations.
  • Build experiments using different kind of digital and analogue sensors
  • Be a part of a student rocket operation at Andøya Space Center
  • Data comparison with models
  • Set up a model in rocket simulation software and perform 
Building the rocket payload
Building the rocket payload

Students taking part in the ‘Fly a Rocket!’ programme will also learn about:

  • How a rocket engine works using solid, liquid or hybrid propulsion technology.
  • Basic rocket theory – be able to derive the rocket equation.
  • Rocket aerodynamics and stability – The physics behind a sounding rocket and know the forces acting on a rocket.
  • The use of rockets, balloons and ground based instruments as a technology platform to study processes in the atmosphere.
  • Sensors and basic electronics – A/D conversion, Encoder/Decoder, Telemetry, radio-communication,
  • Describe the principle of the sensors on-board the rocket and be able to analyse and interpret the data from the sensors.
  • Basic understanding of orbital mechanics and the principle and use of satellite navigation