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AerE’s CyLaunch student program bound for Alabama competition – how you can help

CyLaunch team posing with rocket

The CyLaunch student rocketry team is headed to Huntsville, Alabama to represent Iowa State University in the NASA Student Launch Competition – and you can help them on their way.

The undergraduate student team, part of the Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make To Innovate (M:2:I) program, is raising funds for the trip with the help of the ISU Foundation. A special Foundation web page allows you to contribute to their effort. You can contribute at any of four levels: Friendly Supporter, Super Fanatic, Rocketry Enthusiast and Exhilarated Engineer.

CyLaunch team posing with rocket
The CyLaunch team proudly poses for the camera.

Each year NASA issues a challenge to university rocketry teams around the nation in the form of the Student Launch Competition. This challenge comes in the form of a list of tasks to be accomplished by a reusable launch vehicle, and includes things such as performing an onboard experiment, autonomous flight and recovery, achieving a target apogee during flight, and a safe and successful recovery of the launch vehicle.

CyLaunch team members carrying rocket at test site
CyLaunch students prepare for a test launch of this year’s competition rocket.

This year’s Student Launch event will be held April 20-23, with rocket launches scheduled for April 23.

CyLaunch has been creating a rocket that is to complete a mission to one mile in altitude carrying a payload.

The launch vehicle must be recovered in a reusable condition, and recovery will be conducted using black powder charges and dual-deployment parachutes. This year’s unique challenge is to create a rocket payload that can locate the landing zone without the assistance of GPS. See more on Facebook.

The deadline for donating to the CyLaunch effort is April 25.