Skyward Experimental Rocketry participates at Ad Infinitum

 


Skyward is pleased to announce that on  May 7th will attend the inauguration of the exhibition Ad Infinitum.

Ad Infinitum is the first artistic-cultural event of the 2016 review of Tablinum Cultural Management LUST for ART.

The exhibition sims to present through the works of Giorgio Tardonato and Pierre Kuentz the fascinating world of Space Art and, keeping faith with to the logic of popular science and multidisciplinary own Tablinum, it aims to create a stimulating encounter between art and science, from which can emerge an important opportunity for cultural enrichment for the public.

Ad Infinitum will take place at Officinacento5, in Viale Lecco 105 in Como, on Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Skyward will attend the opening evening by exposing the two missiles Rocksanne I-X launched in November 2013 and June 2014.

The exhibition is sponsored by the GAL (Lariani Amateur Astronomers Group) which will offer a projection program with digital planetarium, which allow the public to experience first hand the thrill of dive into the “theater of the cosmos“. A not to be missed show!

For more information please visit the Tablinum Cultural Management website:

https://studiotablinum.com

Tablinum Facebook Page

Visit timetable:

Tuesday to Friday from 14.00 to 18.00.

Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00 hours.

Closes on Monday

SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS:

– Saturday, May 7, from 19.30 Inauguration of Ad Infinitum

– Thursday, May 12, from 21.00 evening by the GAL with workshops and interactive projections.

– Saturday, May 14, at 18.00 Recital Theatre actor Christian Poggioni inspired by the Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht


locandina ad infinitum

Time to sum up…

Here I am,
for the first post in the new Diary of a Rocket Scientist section that comes as inspiration from a series of blog articles by a Skyward alumnus named Pietro Campi, hope he won’t complain about copyrights infringment but I tought it was a very nice idea… 🙂

The idea is to leave a place on the site where all of those that would like to write a bit about their experiences in the university and in the Skyward daily work and, more widely, about aspects of the aerospace world, could write with a more informal language. A way to tell how’s it going and how we want it will go…

I beg for your understanding if my English is not grammar-nazi-proof, but I couldn’t ask to Nina, our website manager, to translate the article during Christmas Eve!

Last year in Skyward

HRE100K, Rocksanne 2X and Rocksanne 2\(\alpha\), Cyrano

Last year in Skyward has been particular: some sort of hand-over, that’s always difficult. We were coming from the 2014’s successful launches of #R1X that sponsored a great enthusiasm for everyone, ready to launch a new rocket an order of magnitude bigger than the previous ones.

The development of a solid rocket motor of the required size was not feasible for the association’s logistics, cooking at home a so-big sugar and \(KNO_3\) grain was not an option there. For this reason and to have more certainties about the security of the activities, we decided to switch to an hybrid technology.

To launch a rocket with an hybrid motor of \( 5\,\text{kN}\) you need to think about the system, think to design it but, above all, test it. That’s what we have been trying to do during this year about the propulsion system of #R2X… finding a test area that was near enough and that would be able to allow us to face the test campaign in total security. We’re still searching…

But you can’t stop the exciting feeling of watching a launch for long and the subsystems designed for Rocksanne 2X shoud be tested… So we stated that we would have launched a preliminary “alpha” version of R2X, Rocksanne 2 Alpha, with a commercial solid rocket motor that would fulfill the need of tests for the systems and it would allow the new skywarders to raise their nose and watch a flying rocket payloaded with their dreams and passions.

The 2015 has been also the year in which Skyward entered the proper aeronautics world… we do airplanes! Politecnico di Milano has a big tradition in the research for aircrafts of every kind and we should’t have missed the chance to have a linked student project. The rockets?! We mount them underneath the plane…

EASM2015 and the rest of the world

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2015 has been even the year in which the European Record for the apogee altitude of an amateur rocket was broken. The same record holders (DARE Team from Netherlands) succeeded in pushing it to 21 km.
The Stratos II flight inspires those who want really learn to build rockets and it’s and index of a phenomenon I believe is incredibly important for the formation of the young rocket scientists wannabe: “allow young people doing whatever they want to do”. This way of thinking enables several virtuous mechanisms: records are broken, you learn how to design and how to manage the project, most importantly you grow passion for something that is (also) the result of your work, you think and dream “big”, you become more and more skillful facing the challenge of changing the world.
But also the competition should be sane. Meeting and discussing of things you like, understanding how others do what you want to do, helps the maturation progress and in future, maybe, the competition could transform into collaboration…

My last 4 years…

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Good things starts serendipitously.
I really do not know why I decided to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I don’t think I liked planes so much and even today I do not know every single thing about them. I’m not one of those that are able to identify an aircraft from its landing gear or a launcher from its code printed on the fuselage. Nope. But I’m still incredibly happy for choosing this way. I like what I study. I like it a lot.

The fact I like what I do is exclusively due to Skyward Experimental Rocketry. It was a day like another when Luca forced me to listen about a group of crazy people and what they’re trying to achieve. This group of crazy people kept going around Bovisa and inside the campus garages in Certosa carrying a “long stuff”, and this sounds quite weird, I know, made of wood. Something that was resembling a rocket in the bright nights, whenever planets succeeded in aligning correctly. With a concrete nozzle, yeah! They wanted to make it real, this dumb thought, presenting to the Aerospace Department.

  • «Do you have a website? A Facebook page?»
  • «We’re moving for the website, we just created the Facebook page, Gabriele is managing it»
  • «But how’re you doing it? w/ WordPress?»
  • «What the hell is WordPress buddy?»
  • «Ok ok, I understood. I do it. I do it.»*

* in Italian it’s way more funny. Probably.

That’s how it starts. Trying to do a webpage, that was also orrible… (if someone has it in some archive please do not publish it :/ )

From that day, I don’t know how, three launches, being President, a lot of people, a lot of passion and the desire to make it serious in a career… During 4 years that, thinking carefully, passed quite quickly.

I’m sure that Skyward is a beautiful thing. Really. I believe that it gives a volume to a student curriculum, and that’s a minor aspect IMO, but it builds up personalities feeding them with passion as well. Being among people that embrace same passions or even different interest but that are able to transmit them, as they were a contagious illness, it’s simply good. Pleasant. Effective.

And with the coming of the new President Christian I hope that this spirit will keep inspiring and Skyward will keep staying at Politecnico di Milano and I dream that this spirit could interact with people growing in power and enriching all of them. I’m not talking only about members, but also Professors, sector experts, passionate and simple random observers.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. And good luck to the skywarders.

Natale2015

Ruben


PS: We do this for emotions like this one:

The inheritance of EASM 2015

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It’s been few weeks from the big event Skyward organized in the 2015: the European Aerospace Students Meeting (EASM 2015) for Experimental Rocketry.

After the amazing enthusiasm of the event to whom 6 international student rocketry teams participated (UKSEDS, WARR Rocketry Team, Tu Wien Space Team, ESO, Japan Rocketry Team, Warsaw Rocketry Group) with Skyward itself in addition, SGAC and SASA as support, that was dedicated to experimental rocketry made by student teams, we can firmly say that the european (and worlwide) scenario in this field is incredibly fervent and the convention has been a great chance of enrichment and discussion for all of the attendees.

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The technological solutions and the research paths are somehow variegated but it’s still possible to underline common aspects:

  • sounding rockets reusability
  • solid or hybrid propulsion
  • composites for structures
  • fast prototyping

The setting up of a european competition could push more and more the research in this field, in general not so much investigated at the university, in an age that is going to see, in the next 20-30 years, incredible international missions out in the Solar System and a great increase of applications for the exploitment of the low Earth Orbit and the related technologies for the space access.

In the second day of the convention the participants have been able to attend interesting presentations from the industry sector, the innovative (italian!!) startups that are now commencing to face up the space industry and from the research world that enriched and enhanced the educational and instructive experience of EASM 2015.

1st European Experimental Rocketry Competition (Unofficial Name)

General Rules

For what concerns the international competition, in the 22nd October the teams met at Campus In-Domus Monneret and they began to highlight the main features that the competition should have:

  • An altitude limitation on the apogee (that will also influence the choice of the launch site) set up to 2017 m.
  • The evaluation system will be enrolled with a score and a winner for each subsystem (propulsion, recovery, payload, etc…) and an overall winner that will be chosen for the best R&D, the best integration of all subsystems and the fullfilment of the mission objectives.
    The evaluation of the work done on the subsystems will be given by a committee of experts recruited from companies in the sector that will score the project on the base of to-be-determined parameters like novelty, complexity, capability…
    For example a homebuilt propulsion system is likely to be worth more than a commercial one.
  • There will be a maximum number of launch attempts:
    • 2 attempts from the launchpad, this means that in the case of a misfire a team would have another attempt for the ignition
    • just one attempt once the rocket leaves the launch pad.
  • Each team should provide its launch pad (or it should borrow it from the other teams)

Organising Committee

In these weeks and in the next all the teams will notify about two members that will sit in the organising committee of the competition that is expected to publish the final revison of the rules within February 2016.

Expected Times

The first edition of the competion is expected to take place in the 2017 since most of the teams already have running projects at the moment. 2017 is also an exciting space themed year (Sputnik 1 60th anniversary, Google Lunar landings and 100 years since the birth of Arthur C Clarke) with possibilities for outreach and advertising of the event.

To be solved…

In the next months the organising committee will also face some important questions about the correct enrollment of the competition, with the hope to reach some help from national and international agencies, with specific attention to:

  • identify a suitable launch site
  • logistics of the purchase and transport of solid rocket motors.

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Some metrics…

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EASM 2015 has been clearly an important event, one of the biggest aerospace-themed events ever organized by students in Italy.
The convention has been organized in all its parts completely by Skyward Experimental Rocketry, with about 80% of the funds spent coming from private sponsors and donors of the association (and the left 20% coming from the Politecnico di Milano money saved for cultural activities), offered for free to all the enthusiasts.

400 bookings on Eventbrite for the two days, peaks of more than 150 attendees, 22 different speakers from all over the world with a perfect logistics in spite of the work in progress for the next academic year inauguration.

A real team work that involved the association at first, than with the Politecnico staff and the department of Aerospace sciences and technologies for a final result that make us very proud.

What we realized, we believe, is a proof of how investing on the enthusiasm of young students like us would bring great success. We would like to fly high, quo neque aquilae audent, and with the hope of a collaboration more and more tight with all the stakeholders of the field (department, SpLab, italian and international rocketry associations, institutions that promote young space professionals and students etc…) we’re here testifying this amazing experience of EASM 2015.

Now it’s time to fly skyward with Rocksanne \(2 \alpha\)

How to launch a sounding rocket in Italy

Very often, after heard what Skyward is, a lot of people ask us from where have we launched the Rocksanne I-X rocket, if we needed to ask for a permission to someone and how we did manage to obtain it. The following is a short article that contains all the answers.

By obvious reasons it is not possible to launch a rocket everywhere you prefer, so it is necessary to identify a suitable place, with determined characteristics.

The Skyward’s choice for the Rocksanne I-X launch was the Piano dell’Aremogna, a locality situated at 1400 above the sea level, within the Roccaraso municipality, province of Aquila, as the area is far enough away from population centers and it has a wide open space around the launch point.

Once an appropriate area was found, it is necessary to start asking permission from the Municipality, Brigade and the Forest Guard responsible for the interested area in order to close the access to the unauthorized persons.

To do so, an e-mail with the specific requests to the involved entities was enough, as in our case the question was facilitated by the fact that a Skyward member is a native of Roccaraso and he helped us to find the needed contacts.

In addition to the permissions from the institutions and local bodies the most important and indispensable is the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).

The NOTAM is a list of activities related to the airspace that is used by the pilots of all types of aircraft and updated on the current activities nearby of a specific airport in order to perform the flights safely.

Demanding the NOTAM means to be included as an activity in this list, as a consequence you are authorized to temporarily close the assigned airspace in order to perform your activity.

The NOTAM has to be requested for any kind of activity that regards the airspace and that could become a potential danger for the air traffic, as for example the elevation of a dirigible, laser and light beams emission, fireworks or missile launch, like our R1X.

For R1X, the air navigation in the assigned area was closed up to about 3500 m of altitude, so in our case we did not have interfered with airliners but the closure was necessary for the security of all other types of aircraft, such as helicopters or military aircrafts performing exercises.

The bureaucratic process is not complicated and is explained in detail and clearly by circulars issued by ENAC available on the official website (ATM05A circular and its annexes).

Foresight not to be overlooked it is the timing, considering that you need at least three months to complete the bureaucratic process before the launch.

Once the launch site is chosen, you must then locate the airport of competence for authorization requests.The area we have chosen has proved to have as many as four airports nearby: two civilians (ACC ACC Brindisi and Rome) and two military (SSCAM SSCAM Brindisi and Rome).

To each of them you have to send by e-mail your request for the use of air space, which consists of a standardized form (Annex A of the circular ATM05A) that describes the type of activity that you need to perform, the take-off and landing location, both identified by geographic coordinates, the airspace identification data, expressed by altitude and lateral limits, the start and end time of the activity and other more detailed information.

Once completed and signed by the applicant, in our case the Skyward President, the form is sent to each of the competent airports and an answer is expected, hoping for a positive outcome.

The received answers have had a positive outcome, but at the first launch, in November 2013, before the final go, the airports have contacted us by phone for more information. In facts, the word “launch of two experimental missiles” as a description of the activity aroused a mix of perplexity and curiosity.

It is nice to remember that the tones have always been friendly, above all, interested in our project and there was no intention from the airports interfering with our work.

At the second launch, instead, our “reputation” has preceded us and everything went faster from the bureaucratic point of view.

All permits obtained should be sent to the Civil Aviation Authority for the final issuance of the NOTAM that will be published online on the website directly.

The list of issued NOTAMs is not updated frequently and it can be anxious to check every day if your asset is included in the list before the launch date.

It has to be reported, in order to avoid too many anxieties and spend entire afternoons to update the ENAC web site, which is notified by e-mail of the publication of NOTAM.

At this point it becomes official that the airspace is available on the dates and times required.

For the both lauches of R I-X, a further request has been made to us by the SSCAM airports of Brindisi and Rome, that is to notify them by telephone before and after launch, in order for them to be informed in real time of the flight activity.

Finally, if you’ve come this far you only have to… launch your missile!

I prossimi eventi con Skyward

Tornati dalle vacanze non ci fermiamo più! Nelle prossime settimane Skyward parteciperà a diversi eventi in giro per l’Italia, per poi presentarsi pronti all’European Aerospace Meeting for Experimental Rocketry 2015.

Vi elenchiamo alcuni dettagli dei prossimi appuntamenti ad eventi, così che possiate venirci a salutare e a scattare qualche foto con noi, a conoscere quello che facciamo e quello che vogliamo fare in futuro e a darci tutto il vostro sostegno:

MeetMeTonight Lanciamo Un Missile Nello Spazio

MEETmeTONIGHT è l’edizione milanese e lombarda della Notte Europea dei Ricercatori, l’appuntamento annuale che si propone di diffondere la cultura scientifica e la conoscenza delle professioni della ricerca tra i cittadini di tutte le età attraverso eventi e iniziative divertenti e stimolanti.

Skyward, in collaborazione con il DSTA del Politecnico di Milano, esporrà del materiale relativo al Rocksanne Program e ai futuri sviluppi. Saranno presenti anche delle postazioni di Kerbal Space Program in cui potrete cimentarvi nel lanciare il vostro lanciatore spaziale, tentare un allunaggio o puntare direttamente a Marte!

Ai primi 3 che giocheranno con noi e ce lo chiederanno, regaleremo 3 codici per acquistare KSP al 30% di sconto!

Date: 25-26 Settembre

 

SpaceRenaissance La Nascente Industria del Volo Spaziale Civile

La via del rilancio della crescita economica e civile, nel mondo devastato dalla crisi globale, passa per lo spazio: una prospettiva concreta, in cui l’Italia si colloca a pieno titolo, con numerose eccellenze.
Lo sviluppo dell’astronautica civile può creare milioni di nuovi posti di lavoro qualificati, ed in questo scenario, le opportunità di inserimento dei giovani laureati e laureandi nel mondo lavorativo ne risulteranno accresciute di diversi ordini di grandezza.

Noi saremo presenti con uno stand e dell’attrezzatura da esposizione, ovviamente R1X, e tanto altro per farci conoscere e passare del tempo con voi.

Data: 07 Ottobre

 

SpaceRenaissance Dreaming of Space Concert

“Il concerto è una storia che ci parla della luna, della magia, del mito ed infine del racconto di fantascienza. Un racconto incentrato sull’Umanesimo, punto focale e tratto distintivo di Space Renaissance, un punto di incontro ideale tra i temi scientifici, filosofici ed artistici, Umanesimo per il futuro… Pertanto il programma vuole percorrere e far vibrare stati d’animo, emozioni, dal mondo antico ai nostri giorni… Norma si rivolge alla luna invocando luce ed energia…. Debussy e Jolivet interpretano il mondo antico del mito con il linguaggio moderno. Undine è una creatura acquatica che insegue l’impossibile amore umano…. Infine i temi di Williams, così aderenti ed evocativi delle storie a cui si riferiscono. Il percorso, che si inserisce nell’approccio multilin­guaggio e multidisciplinare che contraddistingue Space Renaissance Italia sin dalla sua nascita, il 22 Marzo 2013 a Città della Scienza di Napoli, proseguito al Congresso del Maggio 2014, vuole proporre l’eredità ed il patrimonio artistico umano, in relazione ai grandi temi del futuro della nostra civiltà.” – Elena Cecconi, SR Art Director

Anche qui saremo presenti con uno stand e i nostri missili e sottosistemi da mostrare e da fotografare!

Data: 4 Ottobre

 

MakerFair Rome

Maker Faire è il più importante spettacolo dell’innovazione al mondo – un evento family-friendly ricco di invenzioni, creatività e inventiva, e una celebrazione della cultura e del movimento #makers. È il luogo dove maker e appassionati di ogni età e background si incontrano per presentare i propri progetti e condividere le proprie conoscenze e scoperte.

Skyward sarò presente in ben due stand, uno in collaborazione con Mathworks Italia in cui mostreremo il lavoro che stiamo svolgendo sul sistema di controllo del prossimo razzo sonda.
L’altro tutto nostro in cui avrete la possibilità di visionare in anteprima assoluta prima della presentazione all’EASM un mock-up di Cyrano che verrà anche presentato ad un pitch!
In più delle postazioni di Kerbal Space Program per giocare con noi, workshop in cui costruirete e lancerete dei piccoli missili, e tanto, tanto divertimento…

Ai primi 3 che giocheranno con noi e ce lo chiederanno, regaleremo 3 codici per acquistare KSP al 30% di sconto!

Date: 16, 17 e 18 Ottobre

 

R1X’s electronic systems

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The design and development of the Rocksanne I-X’s electronic systems has been tough and amusing.

All the hardware has been designed and optimized in-house to manage the ignition (whose subsystem has the amazing misfire percentage of 0% for all the tests and launches), the data logging before, during and after the launch thanks to a full-duplex communication between the cylindrical antenna and the ground station and for the parachute opening and release via algorithms we developed by our own.

Results have been very satisfying, fulfilling the targets as reliability, security and low cost we wanted to. You can find all the details in the attached report and in the video briefing. Don’t forget also to check our Github repository!

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European Aerospace Students Meeting

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In October you can’t miss the European Aerospace Students Meeting (EASM) for experimental rocketry the 22nd and 23rd October, at Politecnico di Milano

EASM 2015 is an event entirely dedicated to experimental rocketry with the ultimate goal of setting up a rocketry competition; there will be members from most famous student associations all over Europe that will present their programs, experts from start-ups and industry worlds that will offer an overview on the future of aerospace sector and best researches carried on in Europe.

There will be also the chance for us to be protagonist! We’re presenting a new development program named Cyrano Program that will enrich Skyward’s experience with a more aeronautics-focused project… without forgetting about missiles!
We will also announce a new rocket launch for the 2016 and we will explain more about Rocksanne 2X hybrid motor which you will have the possiblity of choosing the name of.

There will be also two dissertations about the Philae’s adventure and much more!

Subscribe to our newsletter to keep updated about the registration opening and to take care to be present!

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Graduation day and “Magni” prize 2015

Every year the graduation day of July is a great chance of intense emotions, pride and joy above all.
A member of Skyward, Marco Marani, successfully graduated in Aeornautics Engineering to Politecnico di Milano. We’re sure that passion and effort that he gifted to the association’s activity will be a launchpad for his future!

In this great day, other skywarders received the graduation prize F. Magni: a prestigious acknowledgment for the activities we do out of university. This important prize has been created by Federico’s family, in memory of their son, prematurely deceased. He was registered as student at Politecnico di Milano and he was attending Aerospace Engineering, he was also a strong flight and space passionate.

We’re really thankful for this great honor and we hope to bring it higher and higher, skyward.

Preview of “Apollo XIII” to Poligames

Thanks to Terna colleagues, Skyward is going to Poligames, the great event organized by students for students that keep place in PoliMi every year.

Terna Poligames, at its ninth edition, it’s the first sports tournament of its kind in PoliMi: free and open to every student. Teams composed by 3 members, guys and girls together, will challenge in soccer, basketball and volley fields that will be installed inside the La Masa campus.

Talking about games we’re going to preview Apollo XIII, a card-driven game that follows the events of the famous mission.

We wait for you all. If you want to reserve a place for playing with us please fill the contact form.