UAE Students Propose Rocket Mail
Delivering small packages by drone is regarded as a potentially lucrative new frontier for aviation, but a group of UAE aeronautics students wants to try something more ambitious.
A pressurized water-powered rocket designed to deliver small packages is on display at the Higher Colleges of Technology Booth.
The High Power Rocket for Mail Delivery is the product of five students at the Al Ain campus working on a senior project. Their goal is to create a new mode of cargo delivery in the UAE, with new post offices equipped with launch pads that rocket packages of 1 kg or less to nearby post offices. As the rocket descends over the target, a parachute deploys to slow the package-toting projectile to a safe landing speed.
“The only problem is to control the path of the rocket. If this could be solved, it could be used,” says Noura Zakaria Alkhouri, one of the five students.
The model on display is the fiberglass prototype hand-built by the students in Al Ain. The rocket features a long water tank, which is pressurized with compressed air. To launch the rocket, the pressurized air is released through the exhaust nozzle, propelling the package to a height over 670 ft. while covering distances ranging up to a few kilometers, says Rahaf Taher Albreiki, another student.
So far, the concept remains unproven. The students are about a month away from attempting the first test launch in Al Ain.