Team Whoosh Generator 2014: WSGC Collegiate Rocket Competition

Kirsti Pajunen, Eric Johnson, James Ihrcke, Stephan Skibinski, Kathryn Baisley

Abstract


The objective of the 2014 Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Collegiate Rocket Competition is to design, build, and fly a single-stage, high-powered rocket to accurately reach an apogee of 3000 feet, along with design restrictions and two added design objectives. The rocket must use a motor as specified by WSGC, have a maximum length of 72 inches, have a body tube diameter between 4 and 6 inches, use a flight data recorder provided by WSGC, and be safely recovered in a flyable condition by an electronically deployed parachute system. Also, a system in addition to the altimeters already on board must be implemented that records data which can be used to find the rocket’s velocity and acceleration during ascent. Finally, the time to rocket recovery must be minimized.

Included in this report are design details considered, anticipated performance, photos of constructed components, and flight results.


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rocket competition

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References


Barrowman, James. "The Theoretical Prediction of the Center of Pressure." (1966). Apogee Rockets. Web. 13 Apr. 2014. http://www.apogeerockets.com/downloads/PDFs/barrowman_report.pdf.




DOI: https://doi.org/10.17307/wsc.v1i1.97

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