The Rocketry Division is the organization’s original and oldest division, founded in 2008. This division competes in various scratch-built high powered model rocketry competitions. Historically, the Rocketry Division has competed very successfully in the Battle of the Rockets (BoTR) against universities from all over the country, placing 1st and 2nd in numerous categories over 7 years. Most recently, the division competed in the Central US Rocketry Tournament (CURT) 2016, now known as the Argonia Cup, an intercollegiate competition organized by the Aero Mavericks in conjunction with Kloudbusters and SAE-Wichita. Last year, the Rocketry Division participated in IREC 2017, the world's largest intercollegiate rocketry competition! Over 100 teams from all over the world participated in this competition last year. This year's challenge is to launch a 10 lb scientific payload to 10,000 ft and recover it successfully.
2017 August 26
This summer the Rocketry Division competed at IREC at New Mexico in the first inaugural Spaceport America Cup. We competed in the 10,000 ft solid motor class with collegiate teams from across the world. IREC not only required for us to build a rocket, but we also were encouraged to design a scientific payload to meet the 10 lb payload requirement. We challenged ourselves by designing and building an autonomous glider that would take barometric data once it lauched from the rocket at apogee. The competiton had two sections of judging: a poster and design section where judges got their first look at the rockets as well as the launch section where teams launched their rockets at Spaceport America. Unfortunately due a black powder failure, our rocket's recovery systems did not deploy. The rocket was decared ballistic and it shattered on impact to the ground. Despite the destruction of our rocket, IREC was an excellent learning experience for the Rocket Division. We plan on competing in IREC once again this year.
2017 February 04
We’ve made significant progress on the IREC rocket this past semester, finalized the designs for the rocket, and have begun laying up the fiberglass tubes for the airframe. We intend to
3D print the nosecone this week and will move on to producing the inner tube and centering rings to house the motor.
For our payload, we’ve decided to go with a glider and custom designed flight control system. The glider will deploy at apogee and glide down to the ground, while an on-board “blackbox” flight data recorder will log data. The glider’s design is nearing completion and we plan on further testing and prototyping its design and control system.
Fiberglass Upper Body Tube
Glider (AM-G) Prototype 2.0
2016 September 06
With AIRFest over, the Rocketry Division is beginning preparations for the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) 2017! IREC is one of the largest rocketry competitions in the country, with over 50 teams and 500 individuals participating. The division hopes to make its first year participating in the competition a successful one!
2016 August 05
With significant progress being made on the new lab design and the addition of completely new furniture and workbenches, the Rocketry Division is finally ready to start this year's preparations for AIRFest 22! Stop by the new lab in Woolf Hall 113 if you are interested!
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