Space Team Aachen, the association for space-loving students at RWTH Aachen University once again took part in EuRoC, the largest student rocket competition in Europe. In mid-October 2021, Space Team Aachen successfully launched the club's second competition solid rocket, Carl II which reached an apogee of 2,840 m and a maximum speed of 280 m/s.
During the descent the main parachute got caught and did not open fully, so the impact was a little stronger than expected. However, the flight can be considered a complete success, as the recorded data and most of the systems could be recovered without damage, including images from the on-board camera.
The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Aachen/Germany, supports Space Team Aachen in the design and manufacture of the body tubes, which form the central structural parts of the rocket. The manufacturing methods enable the production of the body tubes from CFRP, resulting in a lightweight and robust structure. The ITA is also supporting Space Team Aachen in the development of the new rocket, Stahr, which is to reach an altitude of 10 km with a self-developed engine. For this rocket, a fuel tank is needed for the first time, which is to be designed and manufactured with the help of the ITA.