2012 ~ Present| Section - VPB

GT USLI Rocket

GOALS: To 'challenge university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level, or AGL. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.'

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Rocketry, Microcontrollers, Sensors, Structures, Aerodynamics, and experimental technology.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: Development of a rocket propelled vehicle and scientific payload, subject to the approval and review process of NASA; optimization of flight hardware; low-cost research systems. Teams may choose a new investigative topic each year. Previous topics have included moving oxygen gas in microgravity using magnetic fields, inducing in-flight rotation using aerodynamic surfaces, and controlling descent to achieve a vertical landing.

MEETING TIME: Thurs, 11:00-11:50

ADVISORS: Dr. Michael Steffens (AE) and Dr. Alicia Sudol (AE)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: NASA, ATK, NAR, Space Grant Consortium


  • All Disciplines - Knowledge of Model and High-Power Rocketry
  • AE - Knowledge of aerodynamics, propulsion and structures. Experience with machining, model rocketry, CFD, and OpenRocket. 
  • EE - Experience using microcontrollers, programming, soldering, PCB/Circuit Design, embedded systems, signal processing, sensors, and controls.
  • ME - Structural analysis, Design Requirements, CAD, Structual Simulation, Material Selection, Machining.
  • CS - C/C++, real-time processing, adaptability
  • Sciences - Interest in low-cost, small-scale experimentation.


CONTACT: Dr. Michael Steffens (AE) - msteffens3@gatech.edu; Dr. Alicia Sudol (AE) - alicia.sudol@gatech.edu