Projects

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!


2016-2017

This academic year CranSEDS members are working on three exciting competitions. Check them out!

Lunar Rover Competition

r_mcr_smallThe 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.

SSPI Stellite Design Competition

logo_gem_2This 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.

National Rocketry Competition

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


2015-2016

So far this academic year we have two projects underway. A few other suggested projects are being looked at, so keep an eye out for more news on those here.

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.

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.


2014-2015

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.