GT USLI Rocket

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

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.'

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

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • College of Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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

Time: 

9:30-10:20

Meeting Location: 

Weber SST III

Meeting Day: 

Thursday

Team Advisors

Dr. Alicia Sudol (AE)

Partner(s) and Sponsor(s)

NASA, ATK, NAR, Space Grant Consortium

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