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O 7/29: Final presentations have been posted on the team pages!

O 7/26: Final Reports are DUE AUGUST 1ST. Let me know if any issues arise with this deadline.


ROCKSAT-C 2012: Updated forms and information to come.  The IFF is the first thing you need to complete.  The form for 2012 can be found by clicking here: IFF 2012 


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O 7/7: Enjoy the rest of your summer! Hopefully data analysis is going well, and don't forget the second draft of

your final reports are due July 18th!


Preparation for the spin test

RockSat-C is a program for students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and launch the payload on a rocket out of Wallops Flight Facility.  The base premise of the program is the payload canister that provides a standard payload volume and weight for launch on a sounding rocket for a relatively low cost.  The RockSat payload canister is a modular system of cans designed for suborbital flights with Wallops Flight Facility’s (WFF) Sub-SEM ring assembly. The objective of the RockSat payload canister is to give customers a design envelope to build around that will allow easy integration to any WFF rocket using the Sub-SEM ring assembly. This standardized approach provides customers low cost access to space.   Payloads shall be student based with faculty and/or industry involvement only. The RockSat payload canister is not available to payloads that are profit related endeavors and/or industry research and development. Students must be actively engaged and involved.  To get an idea of the types of experiments flown on this mission, click on the link on the left hand side of the page, Previous Experiments.  You will find the design reviews from all past participants in the RockSat-C Program!

Participants that are up to the challenge can submit an Intent to Fly Form (IFF) in September that expresses an interest in participating in the current year's RockSat program. Customers are then initially selected and guided through the design process that includes three design reviews and monthly progress reports. By December each team has taken its design to CDR level. Depending on the available space on the rocket, the most advanced and able payloads are selected for flight no later than early January.

These final down selected participants then continue in the process by making the first installment and begin payload construction. Over the course of five months, participants undergo numerous sub system reviews and teleconferences to ensure that designs are maturing as expected. As is the case with the design reviews, these sub system and progress teleconferences are lead by the RockSat program manager. The manager acts as the liaison between the customer and Wallops Flight Facility and also acts as a guide along the long and arduous path to launch.

RockSat 2011 will officially start with the submission of the Intent to Fly Form, which is due September 6th. Over the next four months teams will complete three design reviews that will culminate to a CDR and final down selection of the most able payloads that will fly in June 2011!

Check out previous experiments and design presentations (2009, 2010) from either the RockSat History page or the Previous Experiments page! (link on the sidebar)



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