This years Spaceport America Contest has the team geared towards competing once again in the 10,000 category. In doing so the team has taken on the ambitious task of creating a custom made carbon fiber body as well as several new enhancements to our avionics, camera bay, recovery systems, and a custom payload built by the RIT Spex team. We aim to not only achieve a successful launch, but also leave the competition victorious!
Meet the Team
Ben Richard - 4th Year Mechanical Engineer
Patrick Ekeren - 4th Year Mechanical Engineer
Jim Heaney - 3rd Year Industrial Engineer
Joseph Even - 3rd Year Electrical Engineer
Kevin Rinehart - 4th Year Mechanical Engineer
Jordan D'Alba - 4th Year Mechanical Engineer
Matt Ryan - 4th Year Industrial and Systems Engineer
Austin Heisey - 4th Year Software Engineer
Brahm Soltes - 3rd Year Mechanical Engineer
Will Merges - 2nd Year Software Engineer
Aubrey Figoras - 2nd Year Mechanical Engineer
James May - 2nd Year Mechanical Engineer
October 2019 - The team recently had its Preliminary Design Review where the initial plan of the rocket was presented and analyzed by the club. With brand new and ambitious plans for the rocket there were several areas of concern which will be ironed out prior to the Critical Design Review such as carbon fiber manufacturability, communication between the ground station and on board avionics, as well as concerns regarding the payload. The team was also recently accepted to compete at the Spaceport America Cup, and is working towards completing the 1st progress report in alliance with the competition timelines.