Hi. For those who don’t know me I am Jo aka concretedog and I am passionate about rocketry. I do lots of stuff on rocketry from designing opensource low and high power rocket designs https://gitlab.com/concreted0g/ODR to running workshops on rocketry, design and simulation for free in UK maker spaces. I also sit on the UK rocketry council (cross certified equivalent of NAR or Tripoli in the UK) which maintains the UK safety codes and insurance for high power rocketry and runs the certification schemes etc.
I am totally inspired by projects such as Copenhagen Suborbitals and the DARE rocketry team at TUDelft but I feel that we should build an opensource rocketry movement. Copenhagen Suborbitals do push the development of opensource tools (as evidenced by @csete great talk at OSCW18) but they aren’t open sourcing the designs of the rocket airframes and hybrid motors. DARE are an amazing example of student rocketry and but equally they are not open source and also take a lot of sponsorship from prime aero companies (airbus, thalia etc) which means that (to my mind) they are supported and by implication supportive of the development of space technologies using defence company funding.
I think it’s high time for a real push to build on the excellent work already undertaken by the LSF core team activities on building the LSF rocket avionics boards and the cansat rocket launches they undertook some time back. I am totally up to offer whatever knowledge and experience I have gained and have also offered that I am happy to integrate any tech we develop into my personal high power launches so stuff can be tested at high g and with some altitude.
I’m also prepared to write some posts and collate links and reading on rocketry if people from the community want to engage but need to know some fundamentals… suggest to me what would be useful to know and I’ll endeavour to find resources for you.
I’d love for this to lead to a long road-map where we create a decentralised community pulling together and working on launch vehicles that are open source and outside of the defence development model… you know… getting to space the libre way