This semester is off to a great start. A team of 12 members has begun preliminary design consideration on this year's competition rocket. The mission: Deliver the payload (Just The Tip, currently under development for Odysseus) to 30,000 feet at the 2019 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. The current component model for the project can be seen below:
Given the goal of the payload (see Odysseus Project Update #1), we have decided to name this project The Water Bearer. One of the main focuses of this project is to minimize aerodynamic drag to allow for the use of a smaller COTS engine. To achieve this, we plan on utilizing custom transition pieces, namely the airframe reducer and the boat tail at the end of the rocket. Velocities of around Mach 2.0 are expected during flight, which gives this a top priority. Other features of this project include jettison motors on the nosecone to expose the payload, a spring-loaded release system to eject the payload, and a fin can assembly with the capability of removing and replacing fins.
Stay posted for more updates on our project!