Working with Buten un Binnen – A thousand thanks!

A thousand thanks: working with Buten un Binnen 

ASTRA e.V. has existed for more than two years now. Since then we have met more and more people who have listened to our idea and our passion. We were able to infect many with our enthusiasm for practice, rockets and teamwork. Among them was Anna-Lena Borchert. She is a journalist at Buten un Binnen in Bremen and learned about us through Dirk from Radio Bremen. She was touched by the idea of our group of students who are passionate about building rockets and devote all their time and heart and soul to it. So she decided to contact us.  

In one of our monthly meetings she had for the first time the opportunity to meet us all personally and to experience our team spirit and our enthusiasm for our association. After that she accompanied us on many steps further and also helped us a lot with knowledge about film documentation. Through her we got the great opportunity to present ourselves in a short video on TV and to show the idea of our association. A thousand thanks to you Anna-Lena for believing in us and spending so much time accompanying us on our way in the last months. 

Want to see the video? Then click here:

Anna-Lena also made it possible for us to have an article at Tagesschau. You can find it here:
Bremen: So will eine Bremer Studenten-Gruppe ins Weltall vordringen | tagesschau.de 

Members of our team at EuRoC 2023

Our first attendance at EuRoC

Anyone who reads our website, talks to us, or receives a flyer from us knows directly: We want to reach outer space. We want to build a rocket that flies to 103.6 km, thus crossing the border to space. To achieve this, we are developing and building all the systems for a rocket which can achieve this lofty goal. 

But of course, safety is our top priority. That’s why it was clear to us from the very beginning that we would not simply launch our first rocket straight to 100 km. So what do we do? We decided to build a smaller rocket to test all of our systems and the design overall. This scaled down rocket would “only” reach an altitude of about 3 km, but will give us the opportunity to test technology and gain the experience we need to reach our final target. Accordingly, we are focused on building this smaller rocket KARMA. 

Over the last few months we have been working very hard to get closer and closer to this goal. We have completed many components, conducted countless tests of individual systems, and have also learned lots in the process. Then we applied to EuRoC 2023. EuRoC is a Europe-wide competition for student groups that build rockets. There you can launch different types of rockets to different target heights (3km and 9km). The rocket that most accurately reaches the designated target altitude wins the competition in its category 

After a long application period and a lot of preparation, a part of our team traveled to Portugal on October 7th – together with our 3m long rocket in our luggage. On site, many more tests were carried out and our rocket was fully assembled. Our engineers tried to implement as much feedback as possible in the short time and to improve and eliminate shortcomings in the rocket. Unfortunately, the time during the competition was not enough to change as much of the design as would have been necessary for a launch. Our launch was cancelled and our ASTRAnauts traveled back to Bremen. 

Of course, the trip to Portugal wasn’t for nothing. In the short time before and during EuRoC, we were able to make an incredible amount of progress in the development of our rocket. Through many tests we got a lot of opportunities to optimize details of our rocket. We will now collect the feedback we have received and take the time to incorporate it into our next design with one goal: to launch our rocket KARMA successfully in 2024!  

If you want to watch a short video about us at EuRoC, click here: