MEET INTO THE BLUE
Into the Blue is an experimental sounding rocket designed to reach exactly 30,000ft. It contains an active air-braking system that alters the coefficient of drag in order to precisely target a desired altitude. After beginning construction in April 2018, Into the Blue has successfully flown 6 times on K, M and N class motors.
Into the Blue’s airframe consists of fibreglass body tubes, fibreglass nosecone, carbon fibre tip-to-tip fins with stainless steel leading edges, carbon fibre coupler and a stainless-steel nose tip. The airbrakes are made up with 3D printed titanium joints, and an aluminium casing. The rocket uses a dual-deploy parachute system that includes a drogue parachute and a main parachute to safely bring the rocket back to the ground.
Real-time telemetry is used to monitor each flight. The data is processed and sent to an online database where it is then integrated to our live dashboard where all aspects of the flight can be monitored by anyone around the world.
Into the Blue was designed and built to fly a 4 kg payload as part if the Australian Universities Rocket Competition. During the competition flights, Into the Blue flew a biological sample to 30,000ft, studying the effects of microgravity on a sample of yeast. You can read much more about this here.