The Aquilo VI rocket is a lighter version of the V. The heavy metal parts are replaced by the lighter carbon-fiber parts. The team is currently working on a new flight computer with which more components of rocket flight can be measured, calculated and controlled.
Aquilo VI is a 2-meter rocket mainly made out of laminated carbon fiber with a balsa wood core, aluminium bulkheads and a fiber glass nose cone. The rocket body is produced with the vacuum bagging process.
The rocket engine is once again the reliable PB51 solid-fuel rocket engine supplied by NERO.
The process of building Aquilo VI was set to be finished in April 2020 and it was supposed to be launched in May the same year.
The engine of the rocket is a Solid Fuel engine. The rocket is expected to hit apogee at around 2,5 to 3 kilometres. Due to the increased percentage of carbon-fibre, this rocket will hit a higher maximum altitude than the Aquilo V.
On the right, the unpainted nose cone can be seen. Next to the nosecone is a body tube displayed.
The nose cone, finplate and bodytube.
The left picture shows the nose cone, engine tube, first try at the inner tube and the plate where the fins were made out of. All the components are still in their molds.