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MACH 23

OUR FIRST COMPETITION

OVERVIEW

In 2023, our Junior Development Programme consisting of first and second-year members entered the Mach-23 competition, launching their rocket, "Eligius".

The Mach series of competitions are the most prestigous university rocketry events in the UK and Mach-23 marked GU Rocketry's first foray into the competitive arena.

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ABOUT ELIGIUS

Eligius is a single-stage, partially reusable launch vehicle powered by a commercial ammonium perchlorate composite propellant I-class motor. It is capable of flying a CanSat payload of up to 1kg, which for the Mach-23 launch was a suite of environmental monitoring sensors intended to assess emissions from agricultural activities.  

THE LAUNCH

Eligius launched at 19:13 on Thursday the 29th of June from Machrihanish Airbase, Campbelltown, to an altitude of 827 metres above sea level before completing a successful dual parachute deployment and deploying the payload. Both vehicles followed a nominal trajectory and completed a safe touchdown approximately 200 metres from the launch site. Recovery was swift and both vehicle and payload are in perfect condition with all flight data extracted.  

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We are very happy to report that GU Rocketry achieved second place in the Mach-23 1.5km combined category after a near-textbook flight! 

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

Coming soon...

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