August 27, 2019

About Us

Our Mission

The Rocket Design Team members and its associates strive to promote technological advancement and knowledge of the aerospace sciences. The purpose of the team is to expand group members’ knowledge of classroom concepts regarding group dynamics, aerospace engineering, and real engineering problems. We seek to cultivate an environment that provides the technical and interpersonal skills that will prepare members for leadership roles in industry. By providing interdisciplinary cooperation in advancing quality designs of competitive aerospace vehicles, the Rocket Design Team wishes to foster a community that adopts knowledge as its torch to illuminate the universe.


Spaceport America Cup

“The Spaceport America Cup is designed around IREC – the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition for student rocketry teams from all over the country and around the world. With over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries, 2017 will be the competition’s biggest year yet. Students will be launching solid, liquid, and hybrid rockets to target altitudes of 10,000 and 30,000 feet.”

– Spaceport America’s Website

All Teams are judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical poster and podium sessions before an expert judges panel during a conference day
  • Written technical report report on their project concept, requirements, design implementation, and testing
  • Written technical report appendices on safety analysis, including hazard & risk assessments
  • Quality and competency of final design implementation
  • Amount of student researched & developed systems, versus off-the-shelf components
  • Rocket flight performance measured by distance from target altitude and successful recovery
  • Payload innovation and functionality
  • Professional conduct and use of procedures

For more information visit the Spaceport America site.


2019: Nova

  • First year where two rockets were constructed
  • Seven launches between these two rockets were conducted
  • 100% recovery rate

2018: Daedalus

  • First student designed and built 30k feet rocket
  • New more powerful antenna design

2017: Hades

  • First flight on a student designed and built solid rocket motor (Zeus motor)
  • WIFI communication between the avionics bays reducing internal wiring
  • First GPS tracking system used for rocket recovery

2016: Helios

  • First fully student designed and built composite airframe
  • First working telemetry system

2015: Hyperion, team’s first flight attempt at IREC

  • First in-house made parachutes
  • First in-house nosecone
  • Intended to fly to 25,000 feet, crashed, utterly destroyed on impact
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