21-22 NASA Student Launch Competition

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PDR Presentation Complete! Sub-scale Rocket On the Way!

November 04, 2021

The 49er Rocketry Team has completed their PDR presentation! Chase Atherton, Caitlin Bunce, Sarah Vitarisi, Daneil Naveira, Joseph Petite, and Corey Drummond were the speakers for this presentation. They were able to present our hard work and designs to NASA within their 30 minute time constraint while still being able to give proper explanation to everything within the presentation. From NASA's questions and feedback, our team is on track for success! 

PDR Presentation Speakers

PDR Team Photo

Following the completion of the presentation, the team has now shifted into the building of the sub-scale rocket! We had our Vehicle Lead, Caitlin Bunce, work with a rocketry team alumni to cut out our carbon fiber bulkheads and centering rings on the water jet cutter. We also had some help from an underclassman on cutting down our carbon fiber airframes to the correct dimensions. We are getting very close to our sub-scale launch and hope to share with you all the success we have from it! Thank you for your continued support, and GO NINERS!

We're Over 50% of the Way There!

October 17, 2021

A huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far! You all have gotten us past the 50% mark for this campaign and the team is beyond thankful! Let's keep pushing towards that goal! GO NINERS!

The team has been working very hard to get all of our designs and ideas PDR ready! The PDR is our Preliminary Design Review that is due to NASA November 1st. Parts for our sub-scale rocket have been ordered and we will be assembling that very soon! 

In the past weeks the team has completed a handful of outreach events! We had our vehicle team present to the rocketry club about the design process of the rocket and what is done to ensure a stable flight, straw rockets were done with middle schoolers to show them the basics of rocketry and how fin shape and nose cone shape effect the flight profile, and finally we facilitated the Explore Charlotte event here on campus to show potential engineering students what kind of machinery we have in our lab as well as what we do as the rocketry team. Images from these events can be seen down below. 

Figure 1: Vehicle Presentation

Figure 2: Straw Rockets

Figure 3: Explore Charlotte

Almost Half Way There!

October 04, 2021

We're almost half way to our goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated towards this years competition team! 

The team is preparing for their first teleconference with NASA on the 7th of October. This teleconference acts as the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) Q/A session. The PDR is the teams next big document to NASA, being accompanied by a full presentation that will be given to NASA in the last few weeks of November. 

Our Vehicle Team will be beginning the construction of the sub-scale rocket in the upcoming weeks! The team is very eager to get into the hands on portion of the project! The Payload Team has also been gathering a components list to start testing different sensors to see which ones may be more suitable for our mission. To prepare for this construction stage, some team members rearranged our workspace in MSR to better suit the tasks that will be completed. Each sub-team now has their dedicated sections in the workspace so work can be completed more efficiently. 

October 1st was this years engineering picnic where many companies come to campus seeking out potential candidates for employment. One of the companies that were present at this years picnic was NAVAIR. NAVAIR is an important part of the maintenance, engineering, and logistical support for Naval and Marine aircraft. Several team members attended this picnic and spoke with NAVAIR, with a couple of members receiving on the spot job offers. Below is a photo from this years picnic with a few team members standing with Lance Tucker, a former NAVAIR recruiter who now works for LTM. 

More updates are prepared for the upcoming weeks so please keep an eye out for them! Again, the team thanks everyone who has shared our page or has donated! Your support truly helps us out in this competition. And as always, GO NINERS!


2021-2022 Proposal has been Submitted!

September 20, 2021

This year's proposal to NASA has just been submitted! The team accumulated~1500 hours towards the proposal and is looking forward to the rest of this competition! 

For some background information the proposal, it is our entry ticket into the competition! The team was given the requirements for the competition from NASA on August 18th and had until September 20th to submit it. The proposal to NASA is a long documentation of all the ideas ad designs the team has come up with over the course of those 1500 hours. The proposal included CAD, Schematics, Calculations, and Safety Guidelines. The team was able to receive much appreciated feedback from our past rocketry alumni to help get our document submission ready! Our alumni play a major role in continuing the success this team has had in the past and we hope to live up to their past success! 

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