A Crash Course in High Power Rocketry
The Level 1 (L1) Rocket Program is a great opportunity for new members of Launch Initiative to learn about rocketry and is the starting point for all members who join RIT Launch Initiative.
Rocket levels or classes are based on the total impulse of the motor/engine being used in the rocket. L1’s are the lowest class of high-powered rocketry, usually reaching altitudes around 4,000 feet depending on the weight of the rocket. The L1, for many members of Launch Initiative, is their first experience with high-powered rocketry.
Our L1 Program focuses on educating members an the basics of high power rocketry including:
Upon the successful launch of their L1’s, members are awarded their L1 certification by the National Association of Rocketry. These certifications allows members to obtain Level 1 rocket motors and launch L1 rockets on their own time.
The L1 Program teaches member the basics of rocket design & simulation using OpenRocket. OpenRocket is an Open Source rocket simulation tool used in all classes of high power rocketry. OpenRocket is capable of modeling trajectory and flight behaviors while computing critical flight performance parameters. A foundational understanding of Open Rocket is essential and required for all members who plan to build and launch a rocket of any size, when on the team.
Level 1 Build Process
The RIT Launch Initiative has developed a standardize Level 1 rocket design for members to build and construct. Documentation and build processes have been iterated and improved over the course of the L1 Program history! Reach out to the New Programs & Space Race Director for Access to our comprehensive build instructions.