What is CU InSpace?

CU InSpace is Carleton's Rocket Engineering Design Team.
We are a team of Carleton University students who design, build, and fly high-power rockets at the Spaceport America Cup Rocketry Competition and the Launch Canada Rocketry Competition.

The team was founded by Will Zoratto in 2014 and has successfully launched three rockets at the Spaceport America Cup Rocketry Competition at Spaceport America, New Mexico.


Team Structure

Our team is broken up into five separate engineering subteams and a finance team. The five subteams are Aerostructures, Avionics, Payload, Propulsion, and Recovery.  Each subteam has a subteam lead or leads who oversee the tasks that the subteam is responsible for. 


The Aerostructures team is responsible for designing, manufacturing, and testing the airframe and structural components of the rocket. This includes the body tubes, the fins, the nosecone, and the internal structure that keeps the rocket as stable as possible during launch. Our aerostructures team works initially with CAD software to develop the design and then moves into composites manufacturing and metal machining work. Finally, the team uses both physical testing and modeling to determine whether the components they have designed will survive the launch and landing.  


The avionics team is responsible for designing and manufacturing the telemetry systems of the rocket. These systems collect information about our elevation and speed and control the deployment of our recovery system. The avionics team is also responsible for tracking our rocket on the descent so that we can find it once it has landed. 


The payload team designs and builds a payload containing a scientific experiment that will be released from the rocket. 


The propulsion team make rocket go yeet