Poznań students designed and built the rocket. It could go into space, but before that the whole crew had to go to America. But, there is not enough money for this. The subject of “Polska i Świat” magazine.
Students at the Poznań University of Technology have designed and developed a rocket that can fly above the speed of sound and go up to almost 10 kilometers. They want to go with her to conquer the world and compete with the best universities in the Spaceport America Cup competition organized in the world’s largest private space station in New Mexico, USA.
Until now, the plans of the universe have gone beyond ordinary things. Due to the epidemic, at first there was no competition, it was held a year ago, but at a distance. And even though the students won two awards in the distance competition, they are still not satisfied. It’s not about racing by parameters, but about going into space.
– The rocket is ready. We have a new combustion chamber that is more efficient and we have improved the recovery method of bringing the rocket back to the ground – explains Bartos Puda, President of PUT Rocketlab.
Students cannot trust the support of the Ministry of Education
Students are also brought to the soil once again. A rocket capable of going into space must first reach the states, which is a cosmic sum for students. – Costs in the range of PLN 180-200 thousand. These costs include the transportation of our multi-meter long launcher, however, which has its own weight. Transport of a rocket longer than 4 meters – Bardos Puda explains.
In addition, there are costs associated with traveling and participating in the competition. Most of the money was raised by students with the help of universities and sponsors. 80,000 slots are missing. Although the Ministry of Education and Science has provided such support in the past, it has decided not to subsidize the project.
Students do not give up – they make money on the Internet. The competition runs for two months, but transportation of the rocket launcher should begin in two weeks.
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