The Australian Universities Rocket Competition 2020 has now officially opened team registrations. The competition will again consist of two man categories; requiring student teams to design, build and launch a sounding rocket (and recover it successfully) to either 10 000ft or 30 000ft, carrying a 2kg+ scientific payload of cube-sat format. This year comes with new exciting changes and opportunities, including a challenge set up by the Royal Australian Air Force, additional payload challenges and the opportunity for international teams to compete in Australia in the week of September the 28th 2020. Full rules, requirements and timeline documentation will be released in due course, with the very first deliverable being the selection of motor.
The inaugural Australian Universities Rocket Competition (AURC) has concluded after 4 days of competition presenting, scrutineering, launching and recovering rockets. The Australian Youth Aerospace Association would like to thank the Thunda Down Under organisers for hosting the AURC at their rocket festival this year in outback Queensland.
This week on Team of the Week is AIAA UNSW Rocketry! For the upcoming competition, the team has been hard at work manufacturing their rocket ‘Ainsworth_203’, getting it flight ready for Thunda! The team has also been busy running weekly workshops for new members and engaging in industry through their Project Fairs! Have a look at their exciting progress below, with an exclusive sneak peek at their technical payload!
Our Team of the Week this week hails from Western Australia. University of Western Australia Aerospace (UWAA) has been hard at work over the past few months, making great strides with their prototype vehicle, launching it to an impressive altitude of 2.86km! Check out their progress below, and get to know their team lead structural engineer, Joel, as he tells you about what he’s learnt from his AURC journey thus far.
Submissions for the Project Technical Report are now open! The report is due on March 18th and is worth big points and your efforts now could make all the difference in your team’s result.
You can submit your report via our website using the link below:
The AURC is excited to be partnering with BAE Systems Australia as in-kind sponsors for the inaugural competition!
BAE Systems has multiple sites throughout Australia and provides the Australian Defence Force with a wide range of capabilities spanning air, land, sea, space and cyber security. Their work in space solutions includes satellite communication and ground station design. Applications for BAE Systems Australia’s graduate program are now open for 2020 and they also support students through their internship program.
We are also excited to have BAE Systems providing site tours to our Adelaide-based teams, so stay tuned for more updates!
For our first Team of the Week feature, the AURC committee are excited to showcase UTS Rocketry. UTS Rocketry have been working hard on their rocket, Asteria, to participate in the 30,000 ft division at the the AURC in April. Alongside working on their Level 2 Certification, the team have also been busy designing and testing a range of smaller rockets for their members to get some hands-on rocketry experience.
The first draft for the AURC Project Technical Report (PTR) tasking statement has been released to teams. This report is due on the 18th of March and is the culmination of all your work towards launching in April. The scoring of the PTR will significantly contribute towards the AURC.
You can also find it on the competitor's page where you can stay tuned for more updates.
The Australian Universities Rocket Competition is excited to announce our first Launch Partner: Black Sky Aerospace!
Black Sky Aerospace is a Queensland based aerospace company that launched Australia’s first commercial payload in late 2018. They specialise in payload delivery systems and provide a range of aerospace services, from consultation to launch. Black Sky Aerospace is made up of an experienced team of people who are passionate about the Australian space industry. To find out more about Black Sky Aerospace, please visit their website:
We hope you’re as excited to launch to at AURC as we are! We’ll be launching at Thunda 2019, the largest rocket festival in the southern hemisphere. Find out more and get your tickets here:
The AURC committee is excited to announce a Preliminary Launch Event for the upcoming Australia Day long weekend. This will provide teams with an opportunity to undertake test launches, as well as undertake any remaining certifications.
Congratulations to all teams on completing an important milestone towards launching at AURC and TDU in April 2019! Results and feedback for the second progress report has been sent out to teams.
Want to see how your team stacks up? Check out the Top 10 Leaderboard.
The next deliverable is the Technical Report which is due on March 18th. This report will be the culmination of your technical design work and it is worth big points!
The AURC is excited to announce that it is being sponsored by Southern Launch!
Southern Launch is a space start-up company located in South Australia that aims to build an orbital space launch complex on the Eyre Peninsula for polar and sun synchronous orbits. The team at Southern Launch is comprised of staff from Defence and Australian Industry, who set themselves apart with space related engineering, project management skills and their knowledge of space launch systems.
For more information on Southern Launch, please visit their website:
Submissions for the second progress report are now open. The second progress report should demonstrate each team is on track to launching at the AURC event. It also provides an opportunity to present major design changes. The task sheet can be found in the Competitor’s documents tab.
Submissions have now closed
Software Sponsor: Aerospace Systems
The AURC is proud to announce the first official software package of the AURC, ASTOS!
ASTOS is a cutting edge simulation and trajectory optimisation software for space applications that is used by companies across the globe. By providing students with access to the ASTOS software suite, AURC teams will have an unparalleled capability to simulate their rocket’s trajectory and optimise their design. Details about ASTOS can be found at https://www.astos.de/
Note that the licencing arrangement for ASTOS has been kindly facilitated by Aerospace Systems
Additional information on how to register for ASTOS will be provided to your team in a subsequent email that will be released at a later date.
Whilst it is not a requirement of the competition that your AURC team uses this software for your rocket trajectory modelling and optimisation, we would strongly recommend it as a higher fidelity simulation that can be used in conjunction with OpenRocket to maximise your chance at winning the competition.
The AURC Rules have just been reviewed and updated! Several minor changes have been made to include payload scoring, safety penalties and the total points have been redistributed and increased from 200 to 250. Several other changes not listed here have also been made, so be sure read the updated documents. The changes can be found across these three documents:
You can also find these in the Documents tab on the Competitor’s Information page. Familiarise yourself with the updated rules to maximise your score for the competition!
Progress Report 1 Results
The first deliverable of the competition has been marked and feedback has been returned to teams. Overall, the reports were completed to a high quality, and the calibre of the competitors was truly on display with the average mark being a Distinction!
The AURC Committee is excited with this result, and hopes that teams continue their good work for the next milestone of the competition: Progress Report 2 is due on Monday December 10th 2018!
The AURC website is now live and we’re more excited than ever to be bringing the inaugural competition to students! The website will serve as a hub for all AURC related content. Check in regularly to see who’s on top of the leaderboard and bookmark the Competitor’s page to stay up to date on the competition or get your rocketry fix with cool content from other teams. We’ll be updating this regularly as we approach the launch dates. Not part of a team yet? Have a look at our 2018/19 teams list to see if there’s a team at your university.
Stay tuned as we keep you updated with any developments, as well as other exciting opportunities and news from the competition! You can also sign up to our newsletter on the News page so you don’t miss any of the action!