The Rocketry Project consists of 8 sub-systems, each one of which is responsible for a different part of the rocket. The collaboration of all sub-systems guarantees of success of the Project and the realization of its goals.
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The Propulsion sub-system is in control of the rocket’s propulsion system. It is therefore involved in the development of code for simulating both the motor’s and the rocket’s performance, the manufacturing of solid propellant and, lastly, the design and manufacture of rocket motors.
The Structural sub-system is responsible for the design, analysis and manufacture of the rocket. In order to produce the desired outcome, 3D-CADs and FEM software are utilized, along with the construction experience of the team.
The Aerodynamics sub-system is responsible for the aerodynamic design and trajectory analysis of the rocket, as well as the development of configurations and automatic control systems to improve its performance. To achieve the best possible results, the sub-system develops its own tools, performs CFD analysis and wind tunnel testing.
The Avionics sub-system is in charge of all the electronics parts of the rocket. That includes the design, manufacture and programming of a flight computer, an ignition system and a control center of operations.
The Payload sub-system's mission is the design and construction of a functional payload. In a nutshell, the team develops and implements an experiment, which takes place during flight, and generates some useful scientific findings based of the conditions that occur during it.
The Recovery sub-system's duties include the dimensioning and construction of the rocket’s parachutes, as well as the design and manufacturing of two ejection mechanisms. The reliability of these mechanisms is ensured through many tests that the sub-system needs to complete.
The Safety sub-system ensures the implementation and enforcement of all safety rules in the field of High Power Rocketry. Some of these rules are set by the N.F.P.A. (National Fire Protection Association), the T.R.A. (Tripoli Rocketry Association) and the S.A.C. (Spaceport America Cup). The rest are general laboratory rules, as well as specific rules set out in the Material Safety Data Sheet.
The Operations sub-system oversees all of the Project's finances, manages the allocation of the available budget, conducts orders, organized flight operations (transportation, etc.) and many other micro-processes of the Project.
The automatic control subsystem is responsible for developing automatic control systems that optimize rocket's performance. These systems may be air brakes, roll controlling fins or thrust vectoring system