Cyrano Program

Cyrano Program

Cyrano, a new program by Skyward Experimental Rocketry, is a remote controlled aircraft capable of carrying in high altitude scientific payloads and launching Rocksanne I-X rockets, also developed by the association.
The drone will have a 3,76 meters long wingspan and a single turbine that will provide 180-200N of thrust. The maximum takeoff weight, considering the payload, is estimated to be around 630N. The altitude we want to achieve is 7000 meters, at which point the vehicle will make a maneuver that will both allow to launch the rocket and to land the drone safety.
Cyrano will be a useful scientific instrument to many research fields: from meteorological studies to aerial mapping.

Cyrano Program

Skyward Experimental Rocketry

The association was founded under the name of " ASMA Experimental Rocketry ", thanks to the passion for space exploration and astronomy of some students in the university.

In the first year of operation they designed and built the first missile, the Fe-1, but because of the home-made components, it was never able to fly.

In February 2012 the ASMA members organised a meeting with some of their aerospace engineering professors: in this day they presented the '' Rocksanne Project '' and asked for cooperation.

In April 2012, the non-profit association was officially incorporated and changed its name to Skyward Experimental Rocketry. Giovanni Pandolfi as president and Michele Messina as vice president led the 20 people team for the first phase of the program Rocksanne: the Rocksanne I-X missile.

The first launch of the association was in November 28, 2013 in Roccaraso in Abruzzo. The missile reached an altitude of 969m and then fell on the snow. The event was only a partial success due to a malfunction in the system of opening of the parachute.

In the launch campaign in Roccaraso from 6th to 8th June 2014 there was a double launch of Rocksanne I-X without failures: the missile is recovered after soft-landing thanks to the parachute. The maximum heights achieved with the two launches were respectively 939m and 1100m.
The second launch differed only for the construction material of the [[Fincan]]: in the first launch was in fiberglass and the second was in carbon fiber. This slight edit of the missile for the second launch was coded with a name '' Carbon Tail '', hence the name R-IX CT. The latter has reached the aforementioned height at a speed of 533km/h with 6,8g of maximum acceleration.

R2A’s design has begun since this launch and ended in 2016, when the rocket’s production has started.

Stand B1 (pav. 5) - Skyward Experimental Rocketry

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