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."
Issues Involved or Addressed
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.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
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.
Meeting Schedule & Location
- Aerospace Engineering