Every Story Has a Beginning... -Tim Burton
Currently, both in our team and most of the hobby, rockets are already landed and re-used, the ultimate goal of SpaceX's landing system. However, most rockets currently use parachutes to achieve this goal. Parachutes are usually reliable, but they are at the mercy of the wind. This issue led to our team having to travel over 3 miles last year to retrieve a rocket from the top of a tree! Odysseus rockets would be able to land using rockets, allowing for rapid, precise descent.
For such an ambitious projects, baby steps are the way to get. Phase 1 of the Odysseus project will not be a rocket, but a payload. The payload, named "Just The Tip" will fly in the IREC 2019 rocket to 30,000 feet, before deploying and conducting a parachute-assisted propulsive landing (PAPL). In order to comply with IREC regulations, the payload will have to conform to a 3U cubesat form factor, as seen above. This test will allow us to confirm all of our electronics and subsystems are working, as well as to prove that such an act is possible. This system will also carry multiple secondary internal projects, that will further other development projects of the team, and conduct scientific experiments.