The Competition Series
A series of three incentive prizes intended to encourage the development and demonstration of significant sounding rocket and launch vehicle technologies and systems. This contest series is intended to be a recurring competition, the specific goals will change from year to year, but there will be three major categories to the competition, each with allocated prize money as a percentage of total industry donated prize money raised (the current prize purse is $30, 000 CAD). The competition also aims to engage with partners in industry as well as government agencies, to provide them the opportunity to help develop specific challenges to encourage the development of specific technologies or skill sets that the partner organization deems valuable.
The 3 challenge categories will include:
The Advanced launch challenge
An advanced-level competition emphasizing the successful launch of sophisticated rocket vehicles with student-developed propulsion systems to high altitudes. This competition will emphasize overall systems engineering, and will incentivize the use of innovative technologies and concepts, and the development of reusable launch vehicle technologies.
2. the Technology development challenge
This contest will adopt a “science fair”-type approach to allow teams to develop and demonstrate sophisticated rocket technologies at the component or subsystem level. There are two prize categories in this challenge - the first for propulsion system components, the second for guidance, navigation, control, and telemetry technology. Significant points will be awarded for demonstration of working technology prototypes, as well as for clearly elaborating on the role the technology plays in the higher-level system for which it was designed, and the larger context into which it fits. A strong emphasis will be placed on the entrepreneurial aspect of technology development. Teams will be expected to pitch their technology to the panel of judges, demonstrating an understanding of the potential business case for their technology and the broader competitive landscape.
3. The beginner launch challenge.
A more accessible challenge intended for less experienced teams to encourage them to get involved, build their expertise, and interact with the larger Canadian rocketry community. This will involve building and launching a rocket to an altitude of 10 000 feet. The use of off-the-shelf “hobby” rocket motors will be permitted, and in addition to reaching the target altitude, points will be awarded for vehicles that demonstrate a useful payload.