What We Do
Every year, the team designs and builds their own rocket for competition in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition. This year, the team’s objective will be to launch a payload of at least 8.8 lbs to an altitude of exactly 10,000 ft. Teams at competition are judged based on design and construction quality, safety considerations, and organizational skills.
Work on the rocket is generally broken down into one of our five subteams:
Who Should Join
Any students, from any discipline of engineering, who are interested in gaining more exposure to projects that they can take through from the conceptual design phase through to construction, testing, and competition. The highly multidisciplinary nature of rocketry means the team has featured students from nearly every discipline of engineering. This wide range of perspectives is something that QRET is proud of, and hopes to continue to build on for years to come, as we believe rocket design presents one of the most exciting and challenging applications of Queen’s engineering education.
The team participates each year in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, which will be held this year at Spaceport America, in New Mexico, and will feature 115 teams from every continent but Antarctica.
Rocket design and construction is a highly multidisciplinary project with each of our subteams addressing a unique skillset. A brief list of technical skills our members learn includes:
- CAD modeling
- Mechanical design
- Finite element analysis
- Computational fluid dynamics
- Computer programming
- Wireless communication
- Circuit design
- Control systems design
- Composites design & construction
Prof. Gabriel Ciccarelli
Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering