Based out of the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) in Brazil the QUARK Rocket Project started in 2016. Focusing on the development of hybrid rockets, the team first entered the Spaceport America Cup in 2017, unfortunately, the team did not get to fly but walked away with maximum points on their technical project report.
In late 2017, teaming up with other universities and the Brazilian Airforce, the group launched a solid-fueled rocket to 12,795 ft, gaining a student altitude record in Brazil.
Fast forward and the 21 strong team, sponsored by PION Labs, a new space startup, continue their development of hybrid rockets, focusing on Nitrous Oxide and an in-house fuel called PWCB to deliver the 650 N of thrust from their Gluon engine. Which up to now has been fired 6 times this year.
The engine will power the teams Gluon 3k3 Mission later this year, which aims to test the remote launch control unit, engine control unit, avionics, and remote fill system, as well as reach an apogee of 1.5 km.
The team has their goals set high, after the Gluon mission the focus will shift to making an attempt at the South American apogee record for an amateur experimental rocket, planning to fly in 2019.