Unique NASA Opportunity to Launch Rockets (2013)
Application Deadline: 15 October 2012
Selection date: 22 October 2012
Launch Competition: April 27, 2013
Congratulations to last year's Regional Rocket Launch Competition Winners
First Place: Team UC, University
Rough Riders, University of Illinois
Team Woosh Generator, Milwaukee School of Engineering
Team Lorain, Lorain County Community
The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) announces the
Regional Rocket Design Competition. This competition is an opportunity for students to design and construct rockets to be launched at a competition in the spring of 2013 from Bong Recreational Area.
Up to fifteen teams will be selected to take part in this competition. To qualify for the competition, interested teams of approximately four students should contact their State Space Grant Consortium (see list at end). Teams are allowed to seek advise from Industry, Tripoli, NAR, and others. Engineering teams will compete to design a one-stage, high-powered rocket that will achieve an apogee of 3000 ft as accurately as possible. The competition will also include design analysis, oral presentation, and assessment of data results, scored by professional engineers from both academia and industry.
The mission of NASA's Space Grant Program is to contribute to the nation's
science enterprise by funding education, research, and informal education
projects through a national network of university-based Space Grant consortia.
To carry out this mission, the Great Midwestern Space Grant Consortium and its
individual state consortia sponsor a broad range of programs relevant to its
mission and objectives.
Further information about the mission and objectives of each state may be found
at that Space Grant’s home page:
It is the purpose of this Announcement of Opportunity to support the innovative, visionary projects that are student-led and designed to fully realize Space Grant’s goal of assisting in training the next generation of aerospace professionals.
All student teams must be sponsored by your State’s Space Grant. Any non-U.S. citizen team members, student or faculty, must bring that fact to the attention of their Space Grant for possible alternative funding. Each team will be required to have a committed faculty mentor and are allowed to seek advise/mentorship from Industry, Tripoli, NAR, and others. Graduate students are permitted to join a team but may not comprise the majority of the team members.
No experience is necessary to compete. Teams will be given the basic training and information required at a kick-off meeting shortly after selection.
Competition Engineering Parameters**
The object of this year's competition is to design a one-stage, high-powered rocket that will accurately achieve an apogee of 3000 feet and be recovered safely and in flyable condition. An electronically deployed parachute recovery system with and motor based backup deployment is required. The winner of the flight portion of the competition will be the team whose rocket completes a successful flight and achieves an apogee nearest to 3000 feet. All structural components and materials must be obtained from reputable high-powered rocketry vendors, or an engineering analysis demonstrating their suitability must be included with the design.
Equipment provided by WSGC:
Teams will use a Cesaroni I540 motor
Teams will be required to carry, on their rocket, a compact altimeter/accelerometer to be supplied the day of the launch
(This is separate from the team's electronic deployment system and will be inserted at time of launch to record acceleration & altitude vs. time)
The make/model of the flight recorder is the Raven3. Please see here for more details.
Max Body Tube Diameter: 4 Inches
Max Overall Length in Launch Configuration: 72 Inches
Max Weight in Launch Configuration Less Motor: 7.5 lbs
Additional details will be available in the competition handbook that will be made available.
Questions sent to Dan Hawk, Project Director, at email@example.com or the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium at firstname.lastname@example.org will be answered on an individual basis and duplicate questions will be posted to a separate FAQ page.
Interested students with questions
about the capabilities of the launch motors should access
http://www.thrustcurve.com. Those seeking help in getting started are highly encouraged
to contact Frank Nobile (Maxq3@aol.com)
or Bob Justus (email@example.com) of Tripoli Rocket Association (a
high-power rocketry association). Students interested in gaining information or
experience by observing rocket launches are encouraged to contact these
individuals, or to attend one of the regular rocket launches held by Tripoli at
Bong Recreational Area. More information and launch schedules can be accessed at
**Should there be any change in the specifications of the rocket or motor(s) to be used, an amendment to this announcement will be released.
The current heightened state of alert in the United States may require an adjustment in launch specifications at short notice. Teams are therefore encouraged to be flexible and adaptable.
The total score for each student team will be based on the
Flight Readiness Report (provided three weeks prior to
Presentation of design report, safety inspection
Post-Flight Performance Report
Flight readiness reports will be judged by a panel of experts from aerospace and related fields (parameters of this report will be provided to participating teams upon selection). Students will also be required to give an oral presentation of their design report before the launch, including their predicted results for the accelerometer, and submit their rocket for a safety inspection. Determination of the score for flight performance will include the apogee nearest to 3000 feet. Subsequent to the flight, teams will be provided actual accelerometer results gathered in-flight for comparison to predicted results.
To download the audio from the informational kick-off meeting, please click here.
To download the powerpoint from the
information kick-off meeting, please click here.
Applying to the Program
Each State may have their own process of team selection. Please go to http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/home/Space_Grant_Consortium_Websites.html to find contact people from your state Space Grant.
Questions may be directed first to Dan Hawk firstname.lastname@example.org and second to:
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Green Bay, WI 54311