A team from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the BME Aerospace Team, will be the first and only Hungarian team to participate in the most prestigious European competition for university rocket development: the European Rocketry Challenge 9,000m category. The team’s goal is to be the first in Hungary to reach an altitude of nine kilometers with their research rocket.
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The project involves the construction of a unique suborbital supersonic research rocket (faster than sound, without Earth orbit). According to a statement from the team’s main sponsor, the rocket will be three meters long and run on solid propellant.
The BME Aerospace Team was established in September 2021. The goal of the students and some of the most renowned experts in the field is to design and assemble a rocket that can reach an altitude of 9,000 meters.
Team members will spend about 15,000 hours on the project. The rocket will be tested until the beginning of September, subject to the necessary permits and precautions, followed by a public press event to mark the launch of the rocket.
The team’s main goal for the competition, held in October in Portugal, is to pass the flight readiness and launch readiness tests, with which the rocket is declared safe and ready for launch by international experts. They will then try to reach the altitude of 9 kilometers specified for each category as accurately as possible.
The mission of the BME Aerospace team is supported by representatives of the Hungarian aerospace industry – universities, research institutes, companies, and government agencies. The project had received the personal commendation of Bertalan Farkas, the first Hungarian astronaut, and Péter Besenyei, world champion aerobatic pilot.
To learn more about the BME team and their work follow this link to the video presentation of the association.
Article written by Daniela Schneevogl, featured image and pictures kindly provided by BME Aerospace Team.