GT USLI Rocket

2012 ~ Present | NASA, ATK, NAR, Space Grant Consortium


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

  • Rocketry
  • Microcontrollers
  • Sensors
  • Structures
  • Aerodynamics
  • Experimental Technology

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Computer Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Physics
  • Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Physics

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

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Team Advisors

Dr. Alicia Sudol
  • Aerospace Engineering

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

NASA, ATK, NAR, Space Grant Consortium

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