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					How to grow a tech-based student rocket competition

By Peter Plumley 2007 Northeast Regional Space Grant Meetings September 7th 2007

Growth of design, build and compete events
Participating Rocket Teams
90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 2003 2004 2005 Year 2006 2007
200 180 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 Year 2004 2005 2006

Participating Bridge Teams

Number of Teams

Exponential growth in teams participating in The CNY Rocket Team Challenge.

Number of Teams

Linear growth in number of teams participating in Bridge Build’em and Bust’em.

CNY Rocket Team Challenge
• Five years running – October Skies (1st year college freshman) – CNY Rocket Team Challenge
• Spring HS program 2003 • Expanded to 4th – 12th in 2006

Current Program Boundaries
• Organized by MOST, SU (LCSmith) and TACNY • Major sponsorship by LMCO & NASA Space Grant • Divisions – Middle school/Junior High 4th - 8th – High school 9th – 12th • Launch Sequence - First Saturday in June – flies with altimeter, eggstronaut, on-board audio and video camera transmitter • Use rocket simulation software to assist in design and to simulate performance and stability • Judging – Aesthetics, Presentation, Successful flight, payload recovery, and accuracy in estimating apogee

Rocket Stability
• Center of Mass (CM or CG)– during flight, point about which an unstable rocket Roll tumbles.
– Three axes of rotation

• Center of Pressure (CP)
– In the presence of flowing air, that point of equal stress

Pitch

Yaw

CM must be forward of the CP or rocket will be unstable!

Recording Altimeters
Chittenango High School
Altimeter Readings 600 500 400

Feet

300 200 100 0 0.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 40.0 50.0 Time (Seconds)

Audible peak reporting with full flight logging and download.

Demonstration High Power Rocket Project
• ¾ scale Nike Sounding Rocket • Schools invited to design and build payloads • 150 Pound lift, 8,000 ft apogee possible • Live GPS tracking with google earth.

Predicted Apogee – 5500 Recorded - 5416
Altimeter Readings 6000 5000 4000

Altitude (Ft)

3000 Elevation 2000 1000 0 0 -1000 Time (Seconds) 50 100

Rocket Video’s
• Example of rocket project without LMCO support.

X-Treme X-plorers
• Rocket project with LMCO & NASA Space Grant support!

Growth due to:
• Pizza • T-Shirts • High Tech & Large Scale


				
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