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Ukraine Rocketry Challenge 2018: S2P rockets are conquering the sky above Chernihiv

24 May 2018

In association with Ukraine Space Modelling Sport Federation, Noosphere made one more step in waking up the interest to space and rocketry among young Ukrainians. If you saw something flying fast and high near Chernihiv on May 19 — that was probably a rocket, launched during the Ukraine Rocketry Challenge: the competition of young rocket constructors.

Both experienced and new space modelling engineers could take part in the competition. 3 winners shared the prize fund of $3500. The team could count 3 persons. Before the first out of 2 rounds of launching, every team should have presented their rocket. Also, the rocket should have had a rescue system in their rocket to carry a fragile load of two chicken eggs.

Six teams from all over Ukraine have registered to participate in the challenge. Only five teams have had a successful start in the first round because Kharkov Rocket Model team couldn’t launch due to technical issues.

After the first round, the rescue system of the Space Talent team’s rocket failed and a team couldn’t continue. But it worth mentioning that the construction of the rocket was good enough to save the fragile load from breaking.

After the second round, teams took their places in the tournament brackets:

1st place and main prize of UAH 50 000 — Impulse team from Shostka with 59,24 points;

2nd place and UAH 30 000 — Planet team from Nizhyn with 122,94 points;

3rd place and UAH 10 000 — Start team from Kherson with 154,92 points;

4th place — Uran team from Chernihiv, 157,36 points;

5th place — Space Talents team from Lviv, no points because of rescue system fail;

6th place — Kharkov Rocket Model team from Kharkov, that couldn’t make it to the launch due to technical reasons.

The Planet team from Nizhyn has also won a prize for the best presentation.

The Impulse team, who won the challenge, will take part in the international rocketry challenge in London.

These competitions are not the first S2P class rocketry competitions, organized by Noosphere.

This kind of competitions is widely popular in the USA. For the first time in the independent Ukraine history, Noosphere has organized S2P rocketry challenge as a part of a FAI World Championship for Space Models. It took place in Lviv on August 21-28.

Ukraine rocketry challenge 2019 rules will be announced soon. In order to promote creative thinking among participants, rules will be changed next year according to international rules.

We are proud to make another step in waking up the interest to space and rocketry among young Ukrainians! The more young engineers we have now — the more development we’ll have for Ukrainian aerospace community later.