Software research and development group

The multifunctional cutting-edge simulator
Launching Propulse to the apogee of high-powered experimental rocketry

Penumbra is the self-developed rocket simulator of Propulse, prevailing where the standard solutions fall short, to keep Propulse at the cutting edge of simulation technology and experimental rocket design.

Among the capabilities are accurate trajectory prediction at transonic and supersonic speeds, design optimization of aerodynamic structures, development and testing of physical hardware in a simulated environment, advanced fluid mechanics using numerical methods, and stochastic analysis. As a research and development project, you will have a lot of influence over what direction to move the project in. Penumbra has a strong foundation with well documented previous research, available open source simulators as sources of inspiration and / or modules, and passionate mentors and other rocketry teams happily sharing their experience.


Who are we looking for?

  • Independent, self-motivated, and cooperative students.

  • Enthusiasts, with a passion for the project.

  • Students looking for a topic for their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral thesis.

  • Students with experience in any of the following fields.

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• Physics
• Dynamics
• Statistics
• Mathematics
• Numerical methods
• Optimization algorithms

Code structure
• Programming
• User Interface
• File handling
• Computer science

Control systems
• Control theory
• Cybernetics
• Mechatronics
• Hardware-in-the loop

Fluid dynamics
• Computational Fluid Dynamics
• Transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic aerodynamics
• Meteorology


Unlike other parts of Propulse, Penumbra have no predetermined requirements to the amount of work you do. Long term (about a year), short term (a couple of weeks), or continuous (until completion of a feature or by choice) involvement can be agreed upon. The hourly count per week is proportional to the size of your responsibilities.


Potential areas of responsibility

• 6 degrees of freedom dynamics
• Implementation of Computational Fluid Dynamics
• Analytic aerodynamics
• Design optimization of aerodynamic structures

• Hardware integration and testing
• Advanced wind modelling
• Stochastic analysis
• Code efficiency
• User Interface
• File handling

Got any questions?

Contact Penumbra Responsible Harald Bjerkeli on email:
or head over to our contact page!