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Racing to develop the world’s first successful civilian liquid-propelled rocket to pass the Karman line and touch space.
Space Concordia is home to one of the many talented Montrealais and Canadian rocketry teams that continually sweep the world stage. Space Concordia has never failed to launch and recover a rocket in its 4 years of participation at the IREC and Spaceport America Cup.
Our latest launch, our first foray into supersonic flight and the highest altitude category Concordia has ever attempted, landed us two global first place prizes and an honourable mention.
Bolstered by this success, the Rocketry Division is moving on to bigger projects. We are taking part in the Base 11 Space Challenge; racing to develop the world’s first successful civilian liquid-propelled rocket to pass the Karman line and touch space.
Space Concordia makes a continuous effort to be more than just your average student society with a typical competition-based structure; we aim to be similar to a space agency where we show our expertise not only through the projects we develop, but also through the actions we do on a larger scale to benefit society as a whole.
Today we have a 3 year challenge, being on our last year, the Rocketry Division is competing in the Base 11 Space Challenge: a competition for University teams to build and launch a giant rocket to a point that no student body has ever reached before… Space. With an altitude of over 100 kilometers and a maximum speed of 6500km, we expect to break the Karman line as soon as May 2021.
Concordia’s first ever supersonic rocket took flight at the 2018 Spaceport America Cup. The rocket, belovedly named Supersonice, has a target altitude of 30 000 ft traveled at 1.8 times the speed of sound! Though supersonic flight was previously uncharted territory, the SC team made Concordia history and won first place in the Advanced 30,000ft category!
The rocket's payload, a sophisticated fluid dynamic experiment, also won a first place prize in the payload competition. With such a successful season, the team is now pushing onward and upward with their next project.
Maurice returned home after placing 3rd in Canada, 1st in Quebec (a first for Space Concordia), and receiving an honourable mention at the Spaceport America Cup 2017.Maurice returned home after placing 3rd in Canada, 1st in Quebec (a first for Space Concordia), and receiving an honourable mention at the Spaceport America Cup 2017.Maurice returned home after placing 3rd in Canada, 1st in Quebec (a first for Space Concordia), and receiving an honourable mention at the Spaceport America Cup 2017..
Aurelius was developed for the Basic Category of the 11th IREC competition. It was made using many similar methods to Arcturus. What set it apart however, was its increased focus on composites and the superior methods by which it was designed. An in-house flight simulation software was developed using matlab which was used to refine the performance of the vehicle. As well, the fuselage was further developed. In the end, the fuselage thickness was reduced from 2 mm to 1.5 mm while the compressive strength was increased from 71 kN to 83 kN.
The way the dual-event recovery system was actuated was also changed. Instead of Pyrotechnic charges, CO2 gas canisters were used to eject the parachutes. This made the rocket more reliable and considerably safer to handle before flight. The payload was a simple array of vibration sensors to validate previous Rayleigh-Ritz Aeroelastic models of the fuselage.
Overall, the flight was very successful, with a recovery less than 1 mile from the launch site. The vehicle flew to an altitude of 11,138 feet and experienced a maximum velocity of Mach 0.85. The team went on the win 2nd place in the basic category, beating teams such as MIT and Yale.
Arcturus was developed for the 10th IREC competition and competed in the Basic Category. It was the first rocket of its kind with a Carbon/PEEK airframe, manufactured using an Automated Fiber Placement machine from the Concordia Center for Composites. As well, the vehicle could boast extremely light aluminum honeycomb and carbon fiber composite fins. The simulation for determining the behavior of the fins in high-speed flows was one of the first of its kind and was consequently published in the proceedings of the 66th International Astronautical Congress.
The vehicle also employed a dual-event recovery system to allow the rocket to be recovered unharmed and at a reasonable distance from the launch pad. The system was activated using rudimentary in-house avionics. Finally, the vehicle’s payload was an array of Geiger-Muller tubes which were used to measure the change in ambient radiation between ground-level and apogee.
Overall, the vehicle had a successful flight and a full recovery. It managed to attain a maximum altitude of 12,705 feet and a maximum velocity of mach 0.84. The payload won second place in the competition’s payload challenge.
Space Concordia is a student society at Concordia University that throws its members at challenging space and aerospace projects, to yield awesome results.
We win awards at national and international competitions, we showcase our school, but most importantly: Space Concordia teaches and trains excellent young scientists and engineers through hands-on work and an attitude of persistence and collaboration.
Although we only have a couple of members listed here, Space Concordia is composed of a much larger team of equally passionate people. Our job as executives is to act as ambassadors for the team and to support all Space Concordia members. We're proud and honored to be part of such an amazing team.
We invite members to read through the Space Concordia Constitution. Members are also free to suggest changes to the document.Space Concordia Constitution
We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their contributions. We would also like to reassure our sponsors that they are part of something greater than just student competitions.
We are working very hard to go beyond your average student society to prove to our sponsors and to the public that we are capable of accomplishing much more when given the resources to do so.
Your contributions have most certainly not been put to waste and we will work hard to make sure to secure an even brighter future for Space Concordia.