Departments

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Department of

Aerodynamics

Overview

The Aerodynamics Department is mainly tasked with modeling the aerodynamic forces and analyzing the fluxes generated by our flight systems.

Requirements

Base:

・Proactive approach to problem solving
・Desire to learn and get involved
・Knowledge of basic concepts of fluid dynamics
・Knowledge of basic programming concepts
・Basic knowledge of the Matlab programming language

Advanced:

・Knowledge of aerodynamics and turbulence
・Familiarity with the use of meshing software
・Mastery of Python and/or C language
・Knowledge of CAD software (Solid Edge, Solidworks and/or Inventor)
・Familiarity with the use of OpenFoam and/or other
CFD codes
・Knowledge of the fundamental aspects of a wind
tunnel test
・Knowledge of techniques for measuring the properties of a flow

Department of

STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

Overview

The Aeroelasticity Analysis IPT was founded in September of 2021 to better study the structural dynamics and the aeroelasticity field of the rocket, as we also improved our knowledge regarding the internal stresses during both the main and drogue parachute opening phases.

Requirements

Base:

・Theoretical knowledge of structural mechanics
・Basic knowledge of aerodynamics
・Basic knowledge of the programming language Matlab, Python or similar for scientific computing

Advanced:

・Solid knowledge of structural mechanics and
structural dynamics
・Solid knowledge of aerodynamics and
aeroelastic phenomena
・Knowledge of finite element analysis software for structural and aeroelastic analysis (Nastran, Abaqus, ...)

Department of

Control Systems

Overview

The Control Systems Team is an Integrated Project Team (IPT), which is part of the Electronics Department. The members are responsible for the design, implementation and testing of control algorithms that allow the rocket to automatically perform actions.

Requirements

Base:

・Work autonomy and resourcefulness
・Willingness to work even in presence in Milan
・Familiarity with linear algebra
・Basic knowledge of the C language
・Knowledge of Matlab and Simulink
・Knowledge of the basics of control theory
・Understanding of the main results of the theory of linear systems
・Frequency domain control design methods
・PID controllers

Advanced:

・State space control design
・Model based control design (MPC)
・Optimal estimator and kalman filter theory
・Optimization based estimation and control (non-linear MPC e MHE)
・Basics of rigid body dynamics and flight dynamics
・Sensors and measuring instruments

Department of

Electronics

Overview

The Electronics Departmentis in charge of the design, production and testing of all the on-board and ground electronic systems. These include the rocket’s control software, the telemetry systems, and the data transmission systems.

Requirements

Base:

・Basic knowledge of electronics and analog and digital circuits
・Knowledge on signal acquisition and related conditioning
・Ability to use multimeter and bench power supply
・Familiarity with PCB design software (eagle, altium designer, etc...)
・Knowledge on transmission lines, analog and digital modulations, dipole antennas and yagi

Advanced:

・Ability to use specific instrumentation (oscilloscope)
・Familiarity with using altium designers
・Ability to weld THT and SMD
・Previous experience in the production of printed
circuit boards
・General knowledge and/or experience on
STM32 microcontrollers
・Use of smith paper, knowledge of filters and amplifiers, design with FEM software (CTS, hfss)

Department of

Mission Analysis

Overview

The Mission Analysis IPT is part of the Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics Department and is responsible for all computational rocket calculations, ranging from the rocket’s trajectory to aerodynamic optimization, and including sensitivity analysis, risk area assessment and engine choice.

Requirements

Base:

・Basic knowledge of flight mechanics and dynamics
・Basic knowledge of the Matlab programming language
・Knowledge of CAD software (Solid Edge, Solidworks and/or Inventor)
・Willingness to dialogue and comparison with other departments

Advanced:

・Mastery of the Matlab programming language (and/or Fortran, Python, Simulink)
・Knowledge of fluid dynamics and aerodynamics
・Knowledge of flight data post-processing methods
・In-depth knowledge of numerical optimization methods applied to different types of problems

Department of

Recovery systems

Overview

The Recovery Department is responsible for the design, production and testing of all systems tasked with the rocket’s safe return to ground or of some specific part.

Requirements

Base:

・ Basic knowledge of the types of parachutes and recovery sails and the various subsystems used
・ Basic knowledge of flight mechanics
・ Engineering and scientific experimentation
・ Willingness to work in presence in Milan

Advanced:

・Automation and control
・Dynamics of aerospace systems
・Aerodynamics
・In-depth experience in parachuting

Department of

Software

Overview

The Software IPT is a part of the Electronics Department and is in charge of developing both the on-board software and the ground station system which collects and displays the telemetry throughout the mission.

Requirements

Base:

・Work autonomy and resourcefulness
・Willingness to work even in presence in Milan
・Familiar with the C language (pointers, memory management, bitwise operations)
・Knowledge of object-aimed programming concepts
・Knowledge of the fundamentals of computer architectures
・Familiarity with the development of graphical interfaces / web apps

Advanced:

・Knowledge of the C++ language
・Basic knowledge of an embedded system
・Previous experience with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP32, STM32 or others
・Principles of software engineering and design patterns
・Familiarity of the Qt framework
・Knowledge of operating system and
concurrency concepts
・Basic use of Git

Department of

Structure

Overview

The Structures Department is in charge of the entire design and practical implementation of the rocket’s airframe, and is divided in a series of sub-teams, each in charge of a different bay.

Requirements

Base:

・Proactive approach to problem solving
・Working autonomy
・Good knowledge of technical drawing (produce and read tables)
・Good knowledge of CAD software
・Basic knowledge in mechanics and aerospace

Advanced:

・Good dexterity (experience in the use of tools and / or in the assembly and disassembly of components)
・Theoretical knowledge of structural analysis and sizing of mechanical components
・Knowledge of finite element analysis software (Abaqus, Femap, MSC Nastran, ...)
・Experience in using 3D printing
・General knowledge of implementation mechanisms
and systems

Department of

Propulsion

Overview

The propulsion team is in charge of designing, developing, and testing a hybrid rocket engine for participation in EuRoC '23 using SRAD thruster

Requirements

Base:

・A proactive approach to problem-solving
・Basic knowledge of thermodynamics and chemistry
・Basic knowledge of programming (any language)
・Basic knowledge of technical drawing and/or CAD

Advanced:

・Knowledge of space propulsion
・Knowledge of fluid dynamics
・Knowledge of mechanics of structures and conventional industrial technologies

Department of

Logistics

Overview

The Logistics Department was established to deal with logistical matters, which include affairs pertaining the procurement of resources and organizational oversight.

Requirements

Base:

・ Basic knowledge of G-Suite & Microsoft Office
・ Teamwork & Interpersonal skills
・ Proactive approach to problem solving
・ Able to manage and release stress in high-intensity environments
・ Organizational & Critical-thinking skills.

Advanced:

・Advanced Excel Skills
・Knowledge management
・Entrepreneurial Skills

Department of

Media

Overview

The Multimedia Communications Department develops and divulges all rocket content to our various media platforms in a passionate and engaging manner.

Requirements

Base:

・ Basic knowledge of photo & video editing programs
・Experience in the use of cameras and equipment for photo and video documentation
・Ability to work under a tight schedule.

Advanced:

・ High knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
・Eye for detail and artistic skills to successfully understand how to manipulate the environment