Being a multi-university team has a lot of advantages, but it also comes with some challenges. One such challenge is that we cannot have frequent face-to-face meetings. As we expanded our team, we quickly realized the need for an opportunity for team members to meet each other in person. Towards the end of summer, we set a date for our first full-team meeting to hold design reviews.
Each subteam presented on their work -- simulations, propulsion, airframe, and avionics. It was awesome to see how far we’ve come since our last team design review in May. Some teams even brought hardware: a tank, a prototype of the avionics bay, a parachute, and more. The parachute lent itself well to being a team-bonding exercise; it took at least half the team to untangle and fold it.
Overall, we had a very productive weekend, and it was great for our expanded team to meet each other in person. 24 out of 27 team members attended, with 16 coming from out-of-state. Many thanks to our Boston-based team for hosting everyone, and for the out-of-state team members for making the trek to Boston!
We are excited to announce TW Metals as an official sponsor! Between the airframe structure, propulsion system, tanks, and engine test stand, our team will use over 800 lbs of raw material! . We needed high quality metals, to survive the harsh conditions of a rocket engine and test, and we needed it delivered quickly. TW Metals delivered exactly that.
With over 20 locations in the US alone and commitment to customer satisfaction, TW Metals is an obvious choice for any industry. Thanks for supporting our team and we look forward to start fabrication!
Over the summer, we flew a test rocket to validate our parachute deployment avionics. Having had great experiences with the Friends of Amateur Rocketry site for past rockets, and with most team members in LA for the summer, launching at FAR again was an obvious choice.