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STERN -Educational Benefit for the Space Industry

Schüttauf, Katharina and Stamminger, Andreas and Lappöhn, Karsten and Ciezki, Helmut and Kitsche, Wolfgang (2015) STERN -Educational Benefit for the Space Industry. In: Proceedings 22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, SP-730, pp. 583-587. ESA Commuinications. 22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, 7.-12. Juni 2015, Tromsø, Norwegen. ISBN 978-92-9221-294-0. ISSN 1609-042X.

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STERN, the German word for star, is also an acronym for STudentische Experimental-RaketeN. It is a program to provide students with “hands-on” experience in space systems and research. This name was chosen for two reasons. The first reason was to emphasize the idealistic goals of spaceflight providing students with the opportunity to “reach for the stars”. The second and most important one was that the program offers engineering students a practical chance to experience the scope of aerospace and should motivate them to become a new star in this field. Currently eight German universities are participating in the STERN-program. STERN was initiated in April 2012, by the DLR Space Administration in Bonn and is supported by funds from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). During the project runtime of three years the students should develop and launch their own rocket. There are no limits regarding trajectory, altitude or the propulsion system used (solid fuel, liquid fuel, steam or hybrid). The reason for the “no limits” strategy is to create a new perspective of a problem and encourage new technological ideas. The students shall not be limited in their creativity. Nevertheless the spacecraft should have a telemetry system to transmit key trajectory and housekeeping data back to earth during flight and provide information to the students including the rocket altitude. Moreover the rocket shall reach a velocity of at least Mach 1. The project requirements are set to show the real world of work to the students. To reach the project goal, the students have to work project-oriented and in teams. In order to teach students engineering and science, as well as to put their technical knowledge to the test as early as possible in their studies, they are integrated into courses at their universities, which already deal with various aspects of rocket technology and space research. As in any development program, the students have to pass several reviews in which they have to present and defend their rocket design in front of experts. This practically oriented study should prepare the students for life in industry. The DLR Mobile Rocket Base (MORABA) and the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion as well as the DLR Space Administration, accompany the students during the reviews and until launch. MORABA has five decades of experience in launching sounding rockets and the Space Propulsion Institute in testing of and research in rocket engines. The reviews as well as special workshops (organized by DLR MORABA and the DLR Institute of Space Propulsion), offer a platform for exchange of technical information. The STERN project provides an opportunity to train the next generation of aerospace engineers.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/99285/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:STERN -Educational Benefit for the Space Industry
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Schüttauf, KatharinaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1381-1198UNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Proceedings 22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 583-587
Publisher:ESA Commuinications
Keywords:MORABA, STERN, hybrid rockets, student programme
Event Title:22nd ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research
Event Location:Tromsø, Norwegen
Event Type:international Conference, Other
Event Dates:7.-12. Juni 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Mobile Raketenbasis (MORABA) (old)
Location: Lampoldshausen , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Propulsion > Propellants
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mobile Rocket Base
Deposited By: Stamminger, Dr. Andreas
Deposited On:09 Nov 2015 17:27
Last Modified:20 Jan 2022 14:23

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