A.S.A.T.’s Rocketry Project is the first of its kind in Greece. It was established in October 2016 by some students of the Technical University of Thessaloniki, who were seeking knowledge in the field of Experimental Rocketry. As time went by, the experience that had been gained laid the groundwork for the consolidation of our Project’s two biggest goals.
The first one is the desire to promote and develop this field within the academic community, as well as on a national level. This way the creation of a network of individuals, groups, and partners around A.S.A.T.'s Rocketry is encouraged.
Our second goal is the participation in the Spaceport American Cup (S.A.C.), which is the largest Rocketry competition for students in the world and takes place in New Mexico, U.S.A. The competition’s mission is the design, construction and launch of a rocket in a variety of categories depending on the altitude and propellant’s type. Our Project aims at an apogee of 10,000ft A.G.L. (Above Ground Level) by using a COTS motor of solid propellant. Moreover, through the design process, all participating teams seek the greatest possible altitude accuracy and safe recovery, so that the rocket can be reused. In addition, within the context of S.A.C., our members are working on developing a functional payload.
During the past year, A.S.A.T.'s Rocketry Project has managed to broaden its activity field through various projects that have been carried out. Upcoming launches, static tests of SRAD motors, participation in social events and R&D projects are some of our team’s activities. Technical progress has been made by manufacturing many SRAD unities, such as a flight computer assisting on the detection of apogee and the recording of data and the rocket’s dynamic performance during flight. Other examples of our technical activities include the injection mechanism which releases the parachutes, the body tubes of scale rockets, the fins and the testing motors.