INVICTUS I – Cyclone Rocketry’s first ever high-powered competition rocket named after the poem INVICTUS by William Ernest Henley. The team brought this rocket to the 2018 Spaceport America Cup to compete in the 10k COTS All Propulsion Types division. INVICTUS flew to an altitude of 10,341 feet while targeting an altitude of 10,000 feet. This performance placed Cyclone Rocketry and INVICTUS in 3rd place out of 49 teams in the 10K COTS division.
By: William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.