||Whistler-Blackcomb is UBC Rocket's most ambitious project so far. We are working to send a single-stage liquid fueled rocket to 100km within 3 years as part of the Base 11 space challenge. So far, we have designed, manufactured, pressure and flow tested our first rocket engine on campus, in preparation for a hot fire at a remote location. To support this, we are now in the process of building our DarkStar test stand which will closely model the setup on the flight vehicle and allow testing of the engine in even the most remote locations. Simultaneously, we are developing a regeneratively cooled 3D DMLS printed engine, composite structures for the flight vehicle, communications systems for downlinking and uploading data to the rocket at a 100km apogee, electronics systems for controlling the rocket in flight and an active guidance system to keep our rocket pointed at the stars. We are looking for people who do not shy away from long term challenges, are able to commit a significant amount of time to the team and are self-motivated to complete tasks to extremely ambitious deadlines. Your applying at an exciting time for the Whistler-Blackcomb team as we prepare for our first hot fire, an unforgettable experience and one well worth being a part of.
||In the coming year, we will be designing, building, and launching a new rocket that will reach an apogee of 30,000ft at the 2019 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. We will be implementing the lessons we learned from our Black Tusk rocket which we launched during the 2018 competition.
||This project aims at launching smaller low powered rockets throughout the year to test flight-critical components, teach new members the fundamentals of rocketry, and increase UBC Rocket’s community involvement. The programme will commence in early September 2018 and its members will become proficient in all flight-critical aspects of rocket design. This team is ideal for students starting out in engineering who are looking to become intimately familiar with all of UBC Rocket's design, manufacturing and testing processes.
||The aerostructures and composites (compostructures) team is responsible for manufacturing the airframe and aerostructure components of the competition rocket. The majority of the rocket structure will be made with composites such as carbon fibre and fibre glass. We will be refining our current vacuum infusion method, completing more destructive testing, and designing an improved fin can. As the competition rocket will reach supersonic speeds, a large simulation and testing effort will be needed to ensure that the rocket doesn’t disintegrated during the launch.
||The recovery team is responsible for ensuring the safety of both the rocket and spectators during its descent. This is usually achieved by separating the rocket at apogee so that parachutes can be released which then slow and control the descent. Recovery team members will focus on the design and implementation of parachutes, rocket separation and parachute release hardware. Simulation of descent trajectory, reducing parachute tangling and analyzing pressure differentials as a function of altitude are just some of the challenges you will face.
||The avionics team is responsible for the creation and testing of all of the flight critical and data collection electronics with the added challenge of getting them to fit in a rocket. This includes using pressure sensors to decide apogee, using radio modules to communicate with a ground station we will create, and even integration of cameras for post launch error analysis (along with getting some sweet shots). If you are interested in electronics and programming, this is the subteam for you!
||The payload team is responsible for producing a deployable 3-unit CubeSat for the competition rocket. The payload is divided into 3 subunits, a parachute descent unit(PDU), a rotor descent unit(RDU), and a scientific payload unit(SPU). The project goal is to develop a power landing payload and a useful SPU. The optional second year project improves on the first year design to allow the system to safely return from space. If you are interested in machining, electrical and programming, this will be a great project for you.
||Internals is responsible for ensuring that nothing falls out while the rocket is in flight. The internals team will create a structure that secures the payloads, avionics, and recovery systems to the aerostructure. They will also ensure that the motor doesn’t go through the rest of the rocket during ignition or fall out the back of the rocket at motor burnout. Internals will likely be made from aluminum or composite material. A large focus will be put on making the internal structure easy to assemble and integrate into the rest of the rocket.
||The admin team is responsible for managing the team’s finances, social media accounts, and corporate sponsor relationships while planning external and internal events. Duties include but are not limited to reimbursements, sponsorships, communicating with APSC Finance, budgeting, managing the competition registration process, creating and/or seeking outreach opportunities, and preparing social media posts.