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Space Concordia is home to one of the many talented Montrealais and Canadian rocketry teams that continually sweep the world stage.
Our team has never failed to launch and recover a rocket in its 4 years of participation at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) and the 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, we decided to take on a bigger challenge: designing and building StarSailor which will become the world's first student-built, liquid-propellant rocket to pass the Karman line and reach space.
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, our team has already built most of the flight vehicle. What is more, we successfully tested StarSailor's engine in the summer of 2021. The rocket engine test alone became a world-record setting event, becoming the most powerful rocket engine ever fired by students.
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We make a continuous effort to be more than just your average team 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 innovate and benefit society as a whole.
We are currently preparing to launch StarSailor, our suborbital single-stage liquid-propellant rocket.
StarSailor stands about 40 ft. tall with a maximum velocity of 5.8 Mach at burnout, and a payload capacity of 16 kg.
Note that the theoretical payload capacity of the vehicle is 45 kg.
We are targeting an altitude of 135 km.
A Hot Fire can be defined as a limited test of a rocket engine. In these tests, we ignite our rocket engine on the ground, attached to various sensors, to test its operation and performance.
Various characteristics can be evaluated, including ignition, the burn duration, the integrity of the combustion chamber, and the performance of the injector and propellant control systems.
StarSailor will carry two kinds of payloads: Space Concordia's scientific research payloads, as well as commercial payloads from our collaborators and sponsors.
Space Concordia's research payloads include SC Space Health's MICRO2,a microfluidics experiment and SC Spacecraft's SC-ODIN Engineering Model.
Our commercial payloads include a Hardware Crypto Wallet from the Society of Galatic Exploration (SGE), a Kerbal Jeb Plushy courtesy of the Kerbal Space Program (KSP).
If you are interested in buying one of our commercial payload slots, do not hesitate to contact email@example.com.
Our team originally competed in the Base 11 Space Challenge, a three-year intercollegiate challenge to develop a single-stage liquid fuel rocket to surpass the Karman line at 100 km of altitude and get to space.
In 2021, we won 2nd Place in the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) phase of the competition, as well as 1st Place in the Critical Design Review (CDR) phase of the challenge.
Sadly, the competition was discontinued before SC Rocketry could launch and win, but our team is continuing the project regardless, and getting ready to launch StarSailor to space!
Throwback to when our team first joined the challenge back in 2018, later winning 2nd Place in the PRD phase.
Concordia’s first ever supersonic rocket took flight at the Spaceport America Cup in 2018. The rocket, belovedly named Supersonice, had a target altitude of 30,000 ft and traveled at 1.8 times the speed of sound!
Though supersonic flight was previously uncharted territory, the SC Rocketry team made Concordia history and won 1st Place in the Advanced 30,000 ft Category!
The rocket's payload, a sophisticated fluid dynamic experiment, also won a 1st Place in the Payload Category.
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 in 2017.
Aurelius 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.
Aurelius competed in the Basic Category of the 11th IREC. 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 ft and experienced a maximum velocity of Mach 0.85. We won 2nd place, beating teams such from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Arcturus 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 (IAC).
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 ft. and a maximum velocity of mach 0.84. The payload won 2nd place in the competition’s Payload Challenge.
We compete and win awards at national and international competitions, such as the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) and Spaceport America Cup, to name a few.
We showcase our rockets at Concordia and various other outreach events, but most importantly: SC Rocketry trains excellent scientists and engineers through hands-on work and an attitude of hard-work, resilience, and collaboration.
If you are interested in joining SC Rocketry, contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
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SC Rocketry counts with various subteams including: Flight Performance, Aerostructures, Avionics, Recovery, Despin, Camera Bay, Launch Tower, Propulsion, Safety & Operations, as well as Business Development.
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.