EPFL Rocket Team Breaks Sound Barrier At EuRoc Adventure

The EPFL Rocket Team achieved many accomplishments at this year’s EuRoc 2022 Adventure Challenge in Portugal.

The team won the  9 km Solid Flight Award, as well as 3rd place overall and 2nd place for the Technical Report and for the Team Effort.  They surpassed the symbolic height of 9000m for the first time.

To be precise, according to their flight computers, EPFL reached between 9467 and 9596 meters. We also achieved our goal of going supersonic, by breaking for the first time the sound barrier with a top speed of Mach 1.6 [1900km/h]!

The EPFL Rocket Team was founded in 2017 by student engineers who wanted to put their theoretical skills into practice through an interdisciplinary project. They set themselves the challenge of participating in the largest international rocket launch competition; the Spaceport America Cup, which takes place every year in the United States of America. Since then, our association has grown significantly and brings together young, ambitious and enterprising space enthusiasts who wish to train for careers in aerospace.

EPFL Rocket team brings together about 200 students from EPFL (The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is a research institute and university in Lausanne, Switzerland) and from various Swiss schools and universities such as Unil, HEIG-VD and ZHAW.

Team VP, Daniela Faria Carvalho stated “SOLIDWORKS allows us to transform DIY projects into engineering success” and “All our 3D designs as some of the preliminary simulations are made using SOLIDWORKS software.”

With the help of SOLIDWORKS, the team was able to create their components and develop and present an impressive design report for the judges.

To find out more about Wildhorn and other projects visit EPFL visit their website.  Thank you EPFL Rocket Team for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community,

Design well, Marie


Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard