Making aerodynamic objects propel unique payloads to high altitudes since 2013, the Rockets team has certified over 35 members of SSI for high powered rocketry. On the way to our long-term goal of reaching space, we compete yearly in the Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition and are developing a variety of technology projects to increase expertise in all aspects of rocketry.
Every year SSI competes in the Intercollegiate Rocketry Engineering Competition against more than a hundred teams from five continents. Last year, we were first place in our category with SSI’s highest and fastest launch yet, hitting almost exactly 30,000 feet, reaching 1.8 times the speed of sound, and debugging a whole suite of new technologies, including a novel satellite telemetry system! This year we’re completely overhauling our design in the 30,000 foot category, refining our skills to eventually graduate to even higher altitudes.
The long term goal of SSI Rockets is to design, build and fly a rocket capable of reaching the 100-km Kármán Line generally accepted to be the boundary of space. In order to reach this goal we are pursuing smaller scale projects in order to increase our technical skills and develop our ability to manage a large project based team. These skills will prove invaluable when we finally begin the process of building a rocket capable of reaching space.
Rockets Team is dedicated to giving all members a chance to expand their expertise in all aspects of rocket design including structural, simulations and electronics. Since 2013 we've had more than 40 members attain L1 and L2 High Powered Rocketry certifications, and we plan to keep expanding, bringing hands-on rocketry to all members. New members are encouraged to start here and get a sense of what the Rockets Team is all about.
Project Daedalus is working in all fields of engineering to develop the suite of technologies we'll need to reach space and integrate new members into the Rockets team. Pegasus is developing an autonomous parafoil recovery system. Charybdis is testing spin-stabilization and a yo-yo de-spin design. Several other projects are starting this year, including a staging system, a 3D printed rocket and a modular avionics platform. They are designed and built by new and returning members and are the locus of our onboarding efforts.