MEET INTO THE BLACK
Into the Black is a two-stage passively stabilized very high-powered sounding rocket. The rocket is designed with high strength materials due to the nature of its mission. Powered by advanced solid fuel compositions the goal of Into the Black is to cross the Kármán line (100 km altitude) and become the first rocket designed and built by a University team to officially reach space.
Into the Black flies on motors especially cast by our team with a total impulse of both stages of approximately 36,500 N.s. Off-the-shelf avionics are used to control and monitor flight with in-house built telemetry systems to tracking the rocket all the way to its target altitude. The rocket takes off from an eight meter launch tower and reaches a top speed of Mach 5.6 with apogee at around 140 km. Total flight time is around 13 minutes and descent is controlled by a single drogue parachute. Since splashdown is up to 15 km off shore, a custom-built flotation device inflates using CO2, acting as both a main parachute and keeping the sustainer afloat while awaiting recovery by helicopter.