The Daedalus Project

Daedalus is a Student Project for the REXUS 23/24 – Mission. Our goal is to deploy a self-falling and breaking unit from the REXUS Rocket and gain relevant atmospheric data on the way back down to Earth.

Daedalus Project

Team

This is the Team behind the Daedalus Project. A groupe of students of different nations…

The team behind Daedalus Project

REXUS/BEXUS

Our team is participating in the REXUS 23/24 project of the REXUS/BEXUS programme. Our experiment will fly on REXUS 23

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DAEDALUS PROJECT

 

Students of the University of Würzburg have come together in the
Daedalus Project.
The technology demonstration mission is part of the REXUS/BEXUS student programme and will be launched on board the REXUS 23 rocket in March 2018.

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Notice

Spacecraft that land on other planets –  for most this is only familiar from movies such as Star Wars or Star Trek. What is fiction for many, increasingly becomes reality. Be it spacecraft that land on other planets or gliders flying in other atmospheres.

Idea

Students from Würzburg and Vienna joined forces in the Daedalus-Project to develop an innovative “SpaceSeed“, a “free falling unit” for contributing to aerospace science. The idea is to develop a small economic unit that can land without parachute. This landing method has never been tried before.

Project course

The project is being realized under the REXUS/BEXUS program of the European Space Agency (ESA). In this program experts tutor the students who will be provided with a rocket with a range of 80km altitude.

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Objective

The objective of Daedalus is to develop the “SpaceSeed” as well as the necessary components and software for the flight and the ejection.  At the end, the “SpaceSeed” should, after pyrotechnical separation of the nose cone, be automatically ejected by a mechanism, developed by the Space Team of the TU Wien. At that point the “SpaceSeed” needs to prepare for reentry, i.e. spread the wings that slow the fall using the resulting rotation.

Execution

During the fall, the “SpaceSeed” will collect as much data as possible and ideally also transmit them. For this purpose, it is planned to initially maintain direct contact with the rocket until it is lost by the increasing distance. From then on, a satellite based connection will be used for the remainder of the descent to enable live transmission or minimally transmit partial data to ground control. Once the “SpaceSeed” reaches the ground, it will transmit its position to ground control to allow for collection and detailed analysis.

Outlook

There are multiple hurdles for the team. A robust structure has to be developed that can withstand the expected temperatures and forces. But also, capable electronics and software to reach the objective.
As the team behind Daedalus we look forward to this challenge and are already working on concepts and solutions that we will present to the leaders of the REXUS project from time to time.

Hardware for Telemetry

We can finally present the hardware configuration for our telemetry system. After many problems with the antennas and some different configuration ideas we decided to use a hardware configuration with two separated helix antennas and one dipole quarter-wave for the...
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Four possible sash profiles

At the moment, our Simulation Team has got almost no free-time left; As soon as we can, we should decide which sash profile we are going to use for our four wings. Therefore, we have to determine how much lift we can possibly get out of each profile, and which...
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Quick Update from the Electronics-Team Würzburg

The interface PCB between the RXSM (Onboard computer of the Rexus rocket) and our OBRC (Onboard Rocket Computer) has passed the Breadboard Test! That so called Communication and Power board supplies all components of our Experiment onboard the Rexus rocket including...
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Selection Workshop, a trip to Bonn

Selection Workshop for REXUS 23/24 and BEXUS 24/25 28. / 29.11.2016 On Sunday, the 27th of November 2016, four of our team members, Clemens Riegler, Florian Kohmann, Abdurrahman Bilican and me, Ivaylo Angelov, travelled to Bonn to present our project status in front...
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Short Software Update

Now that we have the first Flight Management System of the Vienna University of Technology (see picture), which will serve as an on-board computer, the work on the software can begin. It is time to define the architecture and requirements of it. The FMS as...
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Partners & Sponsors

This are some of ourpartners and sponsors we have to thanks a lot for their work and support. See more at Partners & Sponsors Page

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