We are Team Gargantua - 9 people who spent their time at SSERD working towards a single goal - to make space as accessible as possible. To accomplish this goal, we tried to create a conceptual design of an almost fully reusable Two-Stage Rocket to cross the edge of space, the Karman Line. Starting at T-minus 5 weeks, our team perfected each component from the ground up - from the mission design, to the propulsion, to the aerodynamics. Now all that’s left to do is build it, wire it up, and liftoff!
Conceptual Design of Two Stage Rocket to cross Karman Line
Humanity's interest in space exploration has grown by leaps and bounds since the moon landing on 20th July 1969. Over 50 years later, rocketry has become far more accessible than ever before, owing to technological advancements in materials, fabrication, controls and other rocket subsystems. Challenges to space exploration, such as affordability and efficiency, are being overcome with techniques such as the use of composites, 3D printing, and computer simulation.
“At some point, everything’s going to go south on you, and you’re going to say this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem and you solve next one, and then next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to go to SPACE!!”
“ This was my first internship and I felt like I am working with my dream team. I was nervous at first, but everyone treated me nicely and made me comfortable. I learned that presentation and report writing are very important aspects of a project. I could trace my personal growth throughout the internship along with firm expression of my thoughts with confidence.”
“The best part of my internship was meeting new and inspiring people. The internship has shown me that I need to focus more on the technical aspect and less on the benchtop. As a freshly pressed undergrad, I definitely feel that I have gained good work experience here and am looking forward to the future. Internships are incredibly valuable for networking, gaining experience, and ultimately helping you to land that dream job.”
“ When we were given the problem statement, I expected, at first, to be finished in an organised and simple way. As we progressed through, I found our expectations being shattered every moment we ventured into a new part of the rocket. There was always something to perfect. I now firmly believe that it's important that we expect the unexpected and the sheer joy one can get from doing something they like can lead to the expected results.”
“Sustaining in space is our next step in evolution process. Space sector is a field where there is a huge number of opportunities to learn, experiment, develop and discover. This internship has helped us to evolve by making our fundamentals strong. I am very thankful for SSERD that gave me this opportunity.”
“ I was always of the opinion to make everything in the BEST possible way. But, as we progressed, I understood that even if there are superior things to choose, many factors have to be considered like feasibility, availability and budgets. So, it is never the ‘best’ thing, but the most suitable and compatible that we need to opt.”
“The mentors being sincere and colleagues being curious and enthusiastic, we shared our knowledge to come out successfully. I witnessed how much people are working hard to make India, a super power. The internship was a fond memory which will keep me motivated and filled with energy throughout my life”
“ Since pre-school, the only thing I wished was to make a contribution in making humans a multi-planetary species. This internship has made me take a big step in that regard. The technical details that goes into designing a mission have to be given utmost care and SSERD gave us the right space to learn that. The only way someone can overcome hurdles is with confidence and smart work which is what we did when we faced a major setback when there was just 4 days left to submit our presentations”
“ Throughout the internship I have always been well-supported by my Teammates and mentors. Time management, Planning, communication, adapting and valuing the differences are some of the key personality takeaways. I have always loved Mathematics and Physics and best part of the internship was that I could work on trajectories calculations which involved a lot of math. I am very proud of what my team has achieved!”