FNL FAQ

Q: Do we have to go to the workshop?
A: There is no requirement to go to the workshop to participate in the launch. We advise that at least one person from each team attend a workshop. The workshop is worth coming to. It gives you all the basics so you can build a high-powered and efficient rocket.

Q: Are there any parameters for team names?
A: No, but try to keep them short enough to be able to fit on a t-shirt.

Q:Is it possible to have more than one team from our college to compete in the Tribal and/or AISES Competition?
A: Yes, you can have more than one team. We would suggest 3 or 4 students per team or more.

Q: Do we have to include a proposal for both the AISES and Tribal Competition Challenge?
A: Yes, but only if you want to compete in both challenges. If you plan to have two or more teams in any one or mixed challenge you also must submit a proposal for each team competing.

Q: Are we eligible to launch if we haven’t attended any trainings/workshops?
A: Yes, you are eligible to launch. We can send the workshop binder to anyone who is not able to attend the workshop but wants to compete.

Q: If we are not a Tribal college, can we compete?
A: If you build a Tribal Competition rocket and are not a Tribal College, you will still be able to launch your rocket on the day of the competition, but you will not be in the competition.

Q: Any tips on filling out the space grant info for travel?
A: On our website there is a place for clicking onto your Space Grant account. When filling out a travel request for the Workshop, just include the information about the First Nations Launch. All of the Space Grants know about what we are doing and are willing to support you. If you have troubles, contact wsgc@uwgb.edu.

Q: How can I book my hotel room?
A: You can book your lodging anytime by going to http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/fnl/launch.html and get information. You need to book the hotel with your credit card but we will pay for all of the regular room rates so it won’t go on your credit card.

Q: When should I be at the launch site hotel?
A: If you are making flight arrangements, please be at the hotel no later than 11:00 a.m. so you don’t miss the start of the judging. If you are flying a rocket, make sure you allow time to ship your rocket if that is how you want it to get here.

Q: When should I be at the launch site hotel?
A: If you are making flight arrangements, please be at the hotel no later than 11:00 a.m. so you don’t miss the start of the judging. If you are flying a rocket, make sure you allow time to ship your rocket if that is how you want it to get here.

Q: What paperwork and reporting do we have to do if my team competes?
A: Getting your paperwork in on time is imperative as each report will be factored in on your score. If you do not get your report in on time, you will get a zero. First up, an application form must be submitted by the team’s Faculty Advisor with an attached proposal. Follow directions on the Proposal Information page on the FNL website - http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/aises/proposal_info.html. There is also a Preliminary Design Report (PDR), a Critical Design Report (CDR), and a Flight Readiness Report (FRR) due as per the instructions on the Competition page - http://www.uwgb.edu/wsgc/aises/competition.html. You will be given RockSim software to help you with the reports. The day before the launch you will be required to give a team oral report and finally an Assessment of Data Results (FR) two weeks after the launch. Instructions for these are also on the Competition page.

Q: What happens after we turn in the CDR?
A: You must notify us of the type of motor you will be using so we can order them before the launch date. More importantly the team must trim down and finalize their science and engineering payloads culminating in the Flight Readiness Report (FRR). The FRR should be representative of the look and feel of the rocket and payload(s) as it would fly on launch day.

Q: What type of altimeter will be supplied?
A: We are using Adepts for the Tribal College competition. I believe we will be using Adept ALTS2 from http://www.adeptrocketry.com. We would suggest using a backup such as the Adept DDCS2 or use a different make and model altimeter such as the RDAS 4.0, just in case the first altimeter fails. AISES Teams will need to provide their own altimeter as we provide a 3 axis accelerometer.

Q: Is there anything else I should have for my rocket?
A: I would suggest also a tracking device; it could be an audible alarm, or ham radio wave, or visual aid or perhaps real time 3D GPS. The rocket launch site is not very forgiving. Many, many rockets are not found. Our team has lost a couple because we did not install a tracking device.

Q: What if we don’t get our rocket done before we need to leave for the competition?
A: We will have room to work on your rocket Thursday evening before the oral reports and safety check and again on Friday evening after the reports. EVERYONE MUST ATTEND ALL ORAL REPORTS! You should plan on having your rocket 95-100% done before you come as there will likely be changes you need or want to make after your oral report and safety check. We also hope to have a surprise challenge for you on Friday evening.

Q: Any advice regarding the design of the engineering challenge?
A: This year’s engineering challenge is a rocket stabilization challenge and the winner of the competition will be based on the output of a 3 axis accelerometer; the greater the stability of the rocket the less Z forces. The motor is a 54mm CTI-J140 motor and has a long 8.5second burn. As the motor burns fuel, it depleted and shifts the weight forward. The greatest stability would be represented by a shift in the rocket weight as fuel is burned which maintains the same prelaunch Center of Gravity to Center of Pressure margin (caliber); CG:CP. As an example; if your rocket has a prelaunch margin of 1.25 when the rocket fuel is burned it will increase its margin as the rocket shifts weight forward due to depleted fuel perhaps increasing to a margin of 1.5. The challenge would be to then shift forward weight after to maintain a stable 1.25 margin while the fuel is depleting over the 8.5second burn.