NASA Student Launch Team

NASA Student Launch Team - About Us

NASA Student Launch Team's purpose is to compete in the NASA Student Launch Competition, specifically the Roll Induction and Counter Roll Challenge: Our main goals are twofold:

1) To design, build and test a launch vehicle to a mile high above ground level.
2) To design, build, and test a rotation system for the launch vehicle that spins the launch vehicle twice before stopping rotation while accounting for natural spin of the launch vehicle as well as records the rotation of the launch vehicle.

In addition, we will also be completing other NASA requirements for the competition such as writing design review documents, participating in educational outreach programs, as well as subscale and full-scale launches to test our prototype and actual launch system.

To achieve these goals, the NASA Student Launch team has four subteams: Launch Vehicle, Dynamic Fins, Flywheel, and Feedback Systems.

NASA Student Launch Subteams

Launch Vehicle

Led by Bryce Timmons, the Launch Vehicle team is responsible for the design, simulation, assembly, and testing of the subscale and full-scale launch vehicles, as well as assisting new members in getting their Level 1 High Power Rocketry Certification

Dynamic Fins

Led by Wes Crim and Andrew Klinker, the Dynamic Fins team is responsible for the design, simulation, assembly, and testing of a system of dynamic fins to induce and stop rotation of the launch vehicle by selectively affecting the drag on the launch vehicle

Flywheel

Led by Evan McConnell, the Flywheel team is responsible for the design, simulation, assembly, and testing of a flywheel (spinning mass) to induce and stop rotation of the launch vehicle using conservation of angular momentum

Feedback Systems

Led by Eddie Ellensohn, Kevin Zellers, and Matt Gaschler, the Feedback Systems team is responsible for the electronics design for both the Dynamic Fins team and the Flywheel team to make sure these systems spin the launch vehicle twice before stopping rotation and to record the launch vehicle rotation throughout the flight

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