The main goal of the 2020-2021 year is the development of the Aquilo VII rocket. The team is designing everything except the rocket engine in-house, outsourcing only the manufacturing of the rocket engine to an external body. The PB51 engine which is currently used by Aquilo is getting old and if the team wants to reach new milestones, a redesign must take place. The Aquilo VII rocket is going to be a bigger project than ever done at Inholland. It is going to be a multiyear project, with some major phases. The brainstorm, design and development, manufacturing, testing and final launch phase. The multiple years allow the team to test different systems instead of just making a rocket. This helps with the project being a student team. The research and development will ensure that the students learn and experience as much as possible in this particular section of aerospace.
The current engine is being stretched to its limits. If the team wants to go for bigger, higher and better goals than the engine needs to be redesigned. The PB51 engine has been the workhorse for the Aquilo rockets ever since Aquilo III. The students will do their own research into possible engine types that will get us bigger, better and higher. With the use of the CATIA skills garnered at Inholland, the students will design a newer and more powerful engine. The main goal of the engine redesign is to gather knowledge and experience on both rocket engines and the processes behind designing a crucial part of a vehicle. The knowledge gathered in this phase can be a real asset to any further career.
Another big goal is to change the location of launching rockets. To achieve this, research will be done into local rocketry legislation to ensure everything the team does is according to the law. Relationships with local rocketry groups will be established. This ensures an exchange of information, methods and techniques. The most likely country of the launch is currently Poland as contact with rocketry groups there has been made. However, other countries are not excluded. The possibilities for Spain and other popular launch countries in Europe and around the world are open. This is primarily limited by the budget that the team has.
An increased presence on the rocketry scene in Europe is preferred for the team. The activity on both social media and physical industry-related events will be increased. The team wants the world to know Aquilo, its achievements and the vision of the future. This gives the possibility of more and better relationships with possible sponsors, partners and other rocketry groups.
As a student group, next to the rocket, an important result of the work the team puts in is the acquirement of knowledge and experience. Every year the group gets expanded on by the addition of new first-year students. The team will transfer as much knowledge as possible to the new students.