On behalf of all members of Northeastern's Student Chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, we would like to extend a sincere thanks for helping our team compete in this years Battle of the Rockets competition.
After months of design, build, test, and redesign, your contribution made it possible for a group of 15 students to travel to Culpeper, Va. and take first place in the flight altitude event! We competed against 11 other universities including University of Cincinnati, University of Texas Arlington, and Penn State in a six hour event filled with a few mishaps. In the end, the countless hours logged in our laboratory, driving to practice launch sites outside of Boston, and the 21 hour round trip drive to Virginia, all seemed well worth the elation we all felt from taking first place in our very first competition.
Your donation went so much farther than allowing us to buy parts for an engine. It allowed us to grow and learn about something we feel fervent about. It gave us the experience to compete and learn from other universities. We have an amazing group of dedicated students who love aerospace and can not wait to start planning for next year's event including participating in the rover challenge!
The plaque we received was brought back to school and will be displayed in the lobby of the College of Engineering. Northeastern has run a story on our success and Dean Aubry of the College of Engineering reached out to us with congratulatory words. None of our success would have been possible without your donation. We all wanted to make sure you knew how thankful we are.
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 Culpeper, 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.