Hello everyone, its that time of year again! Time to pick our projects for the year. Below is a list of all of our major projects for the year. Keep in mind you do not have to be part of a major project, but you can only be on a maximum of 1.
This year's IREC competition rocket will deliver a payload developed by SPEX to 10,000 feet above the white sands of New Mexico. The rocket system will integrate many new and exciting development and construction techniques, including custom carbon fiber manufacturing, advanced FEA simulation, student-built avionics, and a new umbilical for avionics communications.
The IREC team is ideal for older members of the team or those with more experience.
Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per week
Members of the IREC team will be required to be able to work on the rocket through to the launch date in late June of 2020, and many members will have to be in New Mexico at IREC for the launch.
RIT Space Race 2019!
The RIT space race is back! Two teams of new members from RIT Launch will compete to see who can build the coolest rocket! (Almost) anything goes in this competition, build the rocket you want, with all the cool features you want.
This project is great for new members or those who do not have much rocketry experience.
Estimated time commitment: 1-3 hours per week
Members of the Space Race teams will be required to work on the project until the successful completion and/or launch of their rocket, currently slated for mid-April.
"Phoenix" Liquid Rocket Engine
RIT Launch Initiative will be continuing theoretical development and simulation of a high-powered liquid rocket engine, "Phoenix," this year. The liquid rocket engine and supporting feed and control systems have been in development for 6 months already, and there is still a lot more to do.
This project is best suited for those with a few years of engineering experience, or experience in the development and operation of high pressure feed systems.
Estimated time commitment: 1-8 hours per week
Please note that this is still a drawing board project. That means that there is no guarantee that it will be permitted to move past the design phase, and that most of the work for this year will be research, training, simulations, and writing safety reports. Even the most ideal timelines only show manufacturing starting in mid-April.
Depending on demand, we may also make the liquid development a minor project, so that it can be worked on at the same time as the Space Race or IREC rockets.