Rocket Launch

Project Manager

The project manager is the leader of the whole organization. His or her work will evolve around planning for the entire year and facilitating for the different groups. He or she must provide close follow-up to the other board members.


A project manager is also the face of the organization to and must work to broaden Propulse’s network.  Last but not least, one should have a vision for the organization's future, and take the necessary actions to bring it there.

 
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Deputy Project Manager

The deputy project manager is the project manager's right hand. It is his or her responsibility to assist on the tasks mentioned above. In addition to this, the deputy project manager is the treasurer of the organization. This involves accounting, making a budget proposal, and overseeing all financial aspects in the organization.


Traditionally the deputy project manager has been responsible for both small and large administrative challenges, such as making the necessary arrangements for traveling and participating at SA Cup, booking rooms and venues and arranging events. The deputy project leader will temporarily take over as project manager if necessary.

 
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BM Lead

What makes a rocket fly? - Funding!


The business and marketing (B&M) team is responsible for representing the organisation to the public and getting sponsor deals. As the B&M lead you will be leading a team and setting up plans and strategies for marketing, contacting sponsors, and cultivating the sponsor deals that are already in place. In addition to this you will head this team into making exciting commercial videos and material as well as manning exciting events from unveiling of the rocket or other space related events. 

This way Propulse will have the necessary budget to carry out our most prestigious projects.

Because we are a young student organization and these are exciting times in space history, there is plenty of room for creative marketing and new strategies. This role allows you to make use of both your structured and creative side, with huge networking possibilities outside and within NTNU and our fellow student organizations.

 
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Technical Lead

The technical leader is responsible for the technical aspects of the main project. His or her main responsibility is to ensure that all the different sub groups work together towards making one homogenous rocket. This involves making a technical framework the members shall work within, sketching out a progress plan and communicating this clearly, facilitating for close communication between all subgroups, and presenting what requirements must be fulfilled in order for the project to have a high technical level.


He or she is also responsible to oversee documentation, and laying out a plan for how to obtain as high quality on the documentation as possible. The technical leader is the leader for the group leaders of the main project, and will carry out the tasks mentioned above together with them.

 
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Penumbra Lead

The leader of the penumbra project will lead the development of the flight simulator. He or she should have a clear vision of what the project shall amount to, and what steps are necessary to get there. Your main responsibility will be to ensure progress and give close follow-up to both experienced and less experienced members.


The simulator is being built in C++. The leader should therefore have an interest and some experience in programming. As the Penumbra lead, you can appoint a Penumbra Deputy Lead to help you with managerial tasks. The leader shall also contribute to the developement beyond the strictly administrative tasks.


Fields of interest for Penumbra are: Control Theory, Hardware in loop testing, Mechatronics, CFD, Aerodynamics, Meterology, Physics, Dynamics, Statistics, Mathematics, Numerical Methods, Algorithms, Computer Science and Cluster Computing.

 
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Mechanical Lead

His or her main responsibility is to give close follow-up of the mechanical system groups. The leader of the mechanical team will work closely together with the technical leader and the other group leaders in sketching out a plan, ensuring there is good progress in the group, and setting a standard for the technical quality.


He or she will take part in defining the relevant positions and responsibilities required to make the group function at the highest level, and to ensure that the goals are met. He or she is also responsible for production and testing. It is natural that the leader takes part in the development beyond the strictly administrative tasks.

 
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Avionics Lead

His or her main responsibility is to give close follow-up of the avionics team. The leader of the avionics team will work closely together with the technical leader and the other group leaders in sketching out a plan, ensuring there is good progress in the group, and setting a standard for the technical quality.


He or she will take part in defining the relevant positions and responsibilities required to make the group function at the highest level and to ensure that the goals are met.  He or she is also responsible for production and testing. It is natural that the leader takes part in the developpement beyond the strictly administrative tasks.

 
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Hybrid Lead

His or her main responsibility is to give close follow-up of the engine system groups. The leader of the hybrid group will work closely together with the technical leader and the other group leaders in sketching out a plan, ensuring there is good progress in the group, and setting a standard for the technical quality. He or she will take part in defining the relevant positions and responsibilities required to make the group function at the highest level and to ensure that the goals are met.


As the system leader for the motor group one will be working on coordinating many different disciplines for development and testing the student-developed hybrid rocket motor for Propulse. The engine is the most challenging and complex system of the rocket, and has aspects of electrical- and mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer science, physics and material science. The whole system is normally divided into 4 subsystems; the OX system (internal gas system), the burn chamber, the filling station (external gas system) and our test site. In total there will be 7-11 members in the motor group.


Your job as system leader is to coordinate these members on their dedicated subsystems. This will involve having a good understanding of the system in its entirety, and assure compatibility and cooperation between both the parts and the members. Parts have to fit together, and cooperation is the only way to ensure this. It is of course natural that the leader has a technical responsibility as well in the group, and uses his or her expertise.