T-870-INTE Integrated Project


The Mjölnir project was created as part of the course T-870-INTE Integrated Project at Reykjavík University on the string semester of 2014. The class is presented as a Master's level course where students with varying backgrounds unite their forces and use the collective experience and knowledge in the team to solve a complex problem.

Few projects contain more complex and codependent problems than high power rocketry. Additionally, this project focusses heavily on the recovery part of the rocket launch. This involves some advanced concept design around the parachute deployment, essentially the idea is to guide the rocket towards a specific landing site in it's descent after the parachute is deployed. This will be done by using concepts similar to how a paraglider is operated.

The project is the first step in a long term plan to carry high definition cameras to an altitude high enough to capture images of the Aurora Borealis, which is commonly referred to as the northern lights, in collaboration with New York and Puerto Rico based artists and filmmakers. This project is intended as a stepping stone towards further rocketry research at Reykjavík University and towards the goal of filming the northern lights from above.

The intended rocket launch will take place on Thursday May 15th from Mýrdalssandur. The launch site is located on the old road that runs through the sand, just south-east of Hafursey. The GPS coordinates are N63 29.457 W18 44.019. The location launch site can be seen in a map below

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