Cosmic Research is a non-profit association dedicated to the development of rockets with scientific applications. It was founded by four engineering students from UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) in Terrassa, Spain, in 2016.
Our objective is to become the first-ever team of university students to send a rocket to the frontier with space, set at 100 km. This limit is known as the ‘Karman Line’, and it is widely recognised as the separation between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.
With this endeavour, we intend to revive the passion for space and to educate the new generations of students in rocket science.
On March 11, 2017, Cosmic Research launched Resnik, its most powerful rocket to date.
Enclosed in a 2.2-meter long, carbon-fiber airframe was the rocket’s combustion chamber, containing 2.3 kg of a homemade epoxy and potassium nitrate propellant formula.
Resnik reached a peak altitude of 1930 meters and a top speed of 1000 km/h, about 80% of the speed of sound at Sea Level. To this day, it remains as the highest-flying rocket ever built by Spanish students.
Cosmic Research is the official launch provider for the regional ESA CanSat Competitions taking place in Spain. In the year 2018, Cosmic Research launched 15 can-sized satellites developed by teams of high-school students. Over 100 students could learn through the competitions. Read the article here.
As an assocaciation, we regularly develop these and other educational activities targeted at the young. By doing so, we provide junior students opportunities to learn about space and basic engineering.
Space poses extreme challenges that help catalyse scientific and technological progress like no other human activity.
Numerous tangible benefits stem from it: radionavigation-satellite services like GPS, digital camera sensors, advanced cancer detection techniques, and even adult diapers – the list is very long. Additionally, rockets play an important role when it comes to gaining access to space. To this day, these are the only human-made vehicles capable of launching payload into orbit.
Despite not being capable of launching satellites into orbit (yet), our technology already has useful applications. Sounding rockets can be – and are in fact, regularly used – to perform tasks like Earth observation and microgravity experiments. Our goal, however, is not to compete at a commercial level, but to train students to be competitive in the space sector of tomorrow.