“Being a part of ANU Rocketry has provided me with the highly valuable opportunity to engage with my passions and combine my academic endeavours with practical experience. I have made strong connections and been part of a talented and diverse team, developing skills that I will carry throughout my life in projects small and grand.”
Our Avionics team is very diverse and is responsible for the development verification of mission critical electronic and communication systems. We focus on electronics hardware and software, such as manufacturing of the electronic systems used in rockets and programming of custom electronics and Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) devices.
We design and manufacture structural avionics bay and the integration of bay into the rocket. We ensure the recovery systems, and any electrical systems are successfully and safely deployed and operated. We record and export data from sensors on board the vehicle for control systems and post-flight analysis. This includes measuring things like altitude and velocity, as well as controlling the deployment of the recovery parachutes.
We are also in control of GPS tracking of the rocket, both during the launch and after so that the rocket can be found quickly once it has landed.
We have developed a deep understanding of the individual components required for an avionics bay, including GPS devices, dual deployment devices and switches, as well as additional devices for research and application purposes. Through testing and revision, we have designed a collection of avionics bay iterations, allowing us to adapt our systems to our purposes. The avionics team is a critical part of all of the competition and certification rockets built within the team, ensuring their safe launch and recovery.
Our targets are set on continuing to develop and upgrade our avionics systems to ensure the safe deployment and recovery of our rockets and collect valuable flight data that will be used to optimise the overall performance. We are aiming to design our systems in a manner that ensures security, fluidity and adaptability to be incorporated into the rockets recovery systems for purpose-orientated operation and effective communication. We also intend to provide individual members with the opportunity to grow their understanding of avionics by creating concise and accessible documentation and guides, ensuring rapid skill growth and cementing continued avionics and electronics knowledge for now and the future. This will be critical in maintaining high performance, rapid progression and achievement in both competition and certification.