STR – 07, Florent, is the newest addition to the Space Team Rocket series. The STR project is usually assigned to new members to the Space Team with the goal to ultimately launch at the international rocket launch day C’Space, organised by the Organisationen Planète Science and CNES in France.
It is necessary to reach certain requirements and milestones before the launch which is overviewed by the event organisers. This year, the requirements became stricter which is why the project leaders, Clara Fischer and Stefan Schaffer, had to travel to Paris twice.
The first meeting with the organisers of Planete Science took place end of January where project ideas and concepts were presented. There was a lot of interest in our „CanSat Deployment Mechanism‘“.
For the second meeting with the event organisers the requirements were to have an at least 70% ready to launch rocket. Since the project leaders were hesitant to fly to France with a rocket due to the current geopolitical climate, only select rocket parts such as the CanSat mechanism and the parachute were brought with. The rocket was then presented and judged using these and the complete CAD construction. All requirements were met and the team got the green light to launch at C’Space 2017.
Work on Florent occured mostly in the workshops of TU Wien. For the construction of light-weight components using fibre glass and carbon the team had the opportunity to use the workshop and expertise of PEAK Technology.
Since the use of pyrotechnical rocket separation mechanism is not allowed at C’Space the separation mechanism from the year before was used. This was the Pyroless Recovery System designed by Andreas Bauernfeind.
The second project was the, as previously mentioned, CanSat mechanism designed and constructed by Alexander Sebo.
The fin can of STR07 were 3D printed and laminated with fibre glass.
This rocket, just like all other Space Team rockets, was equipped with the FMS 3.2.
After the last tests with the assembled rocket were done in Vienna, the team made their way towards Tarbes in the south west of France.
After safely arriving in France, all mechanical and electronic requirement tests were started and passed, including the successful completion of the ‘vol simule’. We were given the launch permission for Wednesday, the 19th July 2017.
As soon as Team Florent got the permission to launch, they made their way towards the launchpad and the rocket was positioned on the launchpad.
After a few surprising launch delays STR07 finally managed to launch by flying straight up into the air, overlooking the Pyrenees. The viewing conditions were not advantageous to track the rocket with the naked eye and the radio communication with the rocket were lost after around 600 meters over the ground. After this, it was clear to the team that something went wrong during the launch of Florent.
The search for Florent in the area yielded no results. After processing and extrapolating the available data for the theoretical position of Florent it was discovered that it has probably fallen in a mine field. Since it was forbidden to enter this mine field the team had to leave France without the rocket.
Despite this heavy loss all team members are happy about the collected experience during the course of the rocket.
- Clara Fischer (Project leader)
- Stefan Schaffer (Project leader)
- Andreas Bauernfeind
- Philipp Jagschitz
- Maximilian Gruber
- Moritz Novak
- Sebastian Seisl
- Alexander Sebo
- Laila-Marie Wooninck
- Gurvinder Singh
- Fabian Ralser
- Marphi Mukkattukunnu
A big thank you to the continuous support from Christian Plasounig, Peter Kremsner, Reinhard Rath and all other experienced Space Team members.
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