Our organization is planning to compete at the 2014 Battle of the Rockets competition hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. The competition is taking place in April in Culpepper, Va. We will be competing against schools such the University of Texas, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Cincinnati.
At the Battle of the Rockets, we plan to enter the target altitude competition. This event requires teams to construct a custom rocket that will launch as close to 1,500 feet high as possible and land with all the components safely on the ground.
Using a class G motor, we will build the structure, communication, power, and landing systems from the ground up starting in January. We plan on having multiple practice launches before the event to gain our High Power Rocket Motor Certification through the National Association of Rocketry.
We are excited to compete at the national level as this will be Northeastern University's first rocket competition. We hope our participation will not only increase awareness about our new student organization throughout the Northeastern community, but will also help broaden our campus' aeronautical and astronautical presence on the national stage.
Our initial goal is to raise $1,175 to fund our rocket. This includes $675 to purchase the materials and fuel to build and test our custom rocket and $500 to cover the transportation of the rocket to the testing sites, extra parts, and excess fuel if needed.
Now that we have reached our initial funding goal to build our rocket we hope raise an additional $600 to cover extra project related expenses. The additional funds will allow us to build a launch pad and launch controller, provide backup body parts and engines, and if our budget allows, purchase team T-shirts to represent Northeastern while we compete. We appreciate all the support in helping us reach our goal!
Founded in 2013, Northeastern's Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is built around the idea of providing students with hands-on engineering experience. AIAA is an environment where students can utilize their classroom knowledge to design, test and build any project idea within the scope of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Our members are fervently passionate about atmospheric and space flight, and we plan on pushing our own boundaries of what we have been able to accomplish as we grow. We sincerely hope that this organization will propel a greater desire for aeronautics and astronautics here on campus by enriching the students with intellect and excitement for all things flight related.