Bondar will be Cosmic Research’s most powerful rocket to date.
Enclosed in a 2.6-meter long, aluminium airframe
will be the rocket’s combustion chamber,
containing 30 kg of a homemade amonium
nitrate propellant formula.
Bondar is planned to reach an altitude of 15 km
and a top speed of 3000 km/h, about 3 times the speed
of sound at Sea Level. It will be the highest-flying and most
powerful solid-propelled rocket ever built by
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.