CranSEDS members can work on a variety of extracurricular space-related projects. Some are hands-on practical projects, whereas others are theoretical investigations of potential concepts for future space missions. If you’re a Cranfield student with an idea for a cool space-related project that you want to do, please get in touch!


IREC Sounding Rocket Competition

This year, CranSEDS is exploring new frontiers by making a debut entry into the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), run each year in New Mexico by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA). CranSEDS will be entering a rocket to the 10,000ft apogee category. A challenge like this offers hands-on experience, applying members’ previously theory-only knowledge to the real world. What’s more, it will present the opportunity to broaden the team’s experience and skills beyond the scope of their traditional physics and aerospace backgrounds.

Olympus Rover Trials – Mars Rover 1

As the first Cranfield team to enter Olympus Rover Trials competition, thirteen students will collaborate to design, build and operate a rover that will collect pre-prepared samples from an analogue Martian surface. The competition mission consists of three phases: Traversing the sampling area, retrieving cached samples, and returning to the lander. Students will be able to apply acquired knowledge and exhibit creativity from the conceptual design of the rover to its building and testing. Besides, the members will also practise teamwork and project management, as well as interact with experts from the space sector

Olympus Rover Trials – Mars Rover 2

As the second Cranfield team to enter Olympus Rover Trials competition, the assortment of thirteen students will collaborate to take on an ambitious task over the coming year. The Mars Rover 2 team must design, construct and operate a ‘Sample Fetch Rover’ that must traverse a Martian-like terrain, tackling sand, boulders and slopes to retrieve sample packages within an allotted time limit. From the detailed design to the meticulous construction, the members will be challenged throughout the next 9 months, providing a rich “Opportunity” to learn a multitude of transferable skills, as well as exercising their “Curiosity” into the world of robotics.

National Rockery Championship

UKSEDS Classic!






Lunar Rover Competition

The CranSEDS Leviathans are a team of thirteen Astronautics and Space Engineering,
Aerospace Vehicle Design and Advanced Lightweight Structures and Impact students. We
propose the concept of a Lunar Rover that will meet the needs of various space agencies
around the world to achieve the collection of ice from a lunar crater. In this report we outline a
rover concept called the Harvester which will meet the derived requirements to meet the needs
of the customer.



Lunar Rover Competition

The goal of this UKSEDS competition is to design, build and operate a lunar rover that will navigate to a crater, collect a sample, and travel back to its lander. The Exploratory Rover for Navigation and Extraction of Sample reTrieval (ERNEST) was developed and completed a mission of a remote-controlled sample retrieval at RAL Space’s Mars Yard.



SSPI Satellite Design Competition

This UKSEDS – SSPI (Society for Satellite Professionals International) competition involves designing a small communications satellite capable of delivering 50 Mbps of data connectivity from LEO to small antennas on the ground without exceeding a weight limit of 150 kilograms. The final design (named Hermes for its message delivering capabilities) provides global data coverage using a constellation of small satellites.


National Rocketry Championship

A UKSEDS classic! Our Rocket Team will design, build and launch the absolute best rocket and reach the greatest apogee possible.





Gemini Mars Design Competition

logo_gem_2The Gemini Mars Design Competition is an international student competition run by the Mars Society. The goal is to design a mission to fly a crew of two past Mars and return them safely to Earth, with the mission launching before 2024. See Team Cranspace’s page for more about our design.



National Rocketry Championship

r_mcr_smallThe goal of the competition this year is the same as last year: to design and build a rocket that can fly as high as possible using one of a specified set of mid-power hobby rocket motors. Our rocket, Rockety McRocketface, will also carry a basic suite of MEMS sensors and a GPS tracker.




Project Dragonfly

CranSEDS Dragonfly spacecraft

Project Dragonfly was a student competition run by the Institute for Interstellar Studies, with the goal of carrying out a feasibility study of an interstellar mission conducted by small spacecraft propelled by laser sails. The CranSEDS team finished the competition in second place.


National Rocketry Championship

CranSEDS 2014-15 rocketCranSEDS members built a rocket to enter into the second UKSEDS National Rocketry Championship, with the aim of flying as high as possible using a specified mid-power hobby rocket motor.