Oronos is a multidisciplinary student group with the objective of designing, building and operating high-power rockets. The group represents Polytechnique Montreal at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), the most demanding international rocket competition. Apart from international visibility, Oronos tries, through its activities, to build a Canadian expertise in the spatial domain and to share the members' passion for sciences and space with the public. It is also an opportunity for future professionals to develop new skills and apply notions learnt in class to concrete and interesting projects.
The Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition takes place once a year, in June, in Spaceport America, New Mexico. This competition, which attracts teams from many countries, is organized by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association. ESRA is a non-profit organization working to increase the public knowledge in the domain of rocketry, through engineering competitions and educational activities. The IREC will be on its 13th edition in June 2018. The competition offers to the teams multiple competitive categories, including a basic category and an advanced category with a commercial and an experimental motor. The objective of each category is to launch a 10-pound scientific experiment to a specific altitude as precisely as possible. The altitude is fixed to 10 000 feet for the base category and 30 000 feet for the advanced category. Experimental motor categories mandate a student-made rockets and a student-make liquid or hybrid experimental motor. Rules concerning the prototypes are somewhat different for each category, but they both favour creativity, innovation, and professionalism.