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Help Launch UW's Student-Built Experimental Rocket!


The Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion (SARP) is a student rocket engineering team at the University of Washington. Our mission is to design, build, test, and launch an advanced hybrid sounding rocket. We are looking to raise $15,000 to cover materials for building the rocket, testing, and travel expenses to launch this year’s rocket to 25,000 feet at the ESRA Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) this June. We are also partnering with Neighborhood House in West Seattle to help K-12 students build a scientific payload to be launched on our rocket.




SARP is competing in the 11th Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC) hosted by the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) in Green River, Utah. We will launch three times, including:

  1. Test launch in Mansfield, WA
  2. Northwest Friendly with other university rocketry clubs in our area
  3. ESRA IREC in Green River, UT

 

SARP gives students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to work as successful engineers. Rocket engineering provides technical challenges, opportunities to innovate, and a realistic engineering environment that fosters communication and teamwork. Our partnership with Neighborhood House will allow K-12 students to work on a real world engineering project and excite them about a future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).





 

$15,000 Budget Breakdown


   

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The budget is broken down by (a) technical group and (b) part of the engineering process.


Our fundraising budget includes:


  • Purchasing materials and manufacturing for the rocket; broken down into propulsion, structures, recovery, and avionics and payload

  • Testing and launch of the rocket; includes travel and housing for our test and launch sites




Launch Objectives

Scientific

1.    Study the performance and flight characteristics of the hybrid motor by observing combustion chamber pressure and chamber wall temperature, as well as acceleration and trajectory during flight.

2.    Prove reusability through safe recovery and re-launching of the launch vehicle for development of a reliable scientific payload launch vehicle.

3.    Serve as a launch vehicle for the scientific payload designed and built by a student group with the Neighborhood House project.

Educational

1.    Provide an opportunity for students to design advanced systems, perform engineering analysis, and conduct scientific experiments for the advancement of launch technology, and the development of skills critical to today’s scientists and engineers

2.  Promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to K-12 students.





Our Team

SARP is composed of four different technical teams.

  • Propulsion: develops the hybrid motor, researches new designs for an optimal motor structure, develops highly-efficient hybrid fuels

  • Structures: designs, constructs carbon fiber body structures and fiberglass nose cone

  • Recovery: builds parachute deployment system to bring the rocket home safely, designing of redundant and ultra-safe systems to maximize the reusability

  • Avionics and Payload: builds the scientific payload, electronics to monitor our rocket during flight, interfaces with Neighborhood House and an industry partners for multiple scientific payloads

All design, analysis, and manufacturing is performed by the students. We follow the engineering process for building our rocket from start to finish, meaning our students see the rocket both on the drawing board and on the launch rail.






Our Scientific Payloads

For the Advanced Category of the competition, we will launch to 25,000 feet carrying two scientific payloads and an avionics package:

  • Avionics package: designed to monitor the performance of the hybrid motor including structural stability and communicate data to mission control

  • Scientific payload: test a radio relay system, attempt to simulate a zero g environment

  • Educational outreach payload: we have partnered with Neighborhood House in West Seattle to help K-12 students build a scientific payload to be launched on our rocket


Why Build a Hybrid Rocket?
Safer and More Affordable, yet Underdeveloped

Compared to solid- and liquid-fueled rockets, hybrids have several advantages:

  1. Simpler and typically more reliable than liquid rockets as there is only one liquid propellant, resulting in less plumbing and weight.

  2. Safer than solid rocket motors because the oxidizer and fuel remain separated until launch, reducing the risk of detonation or premature ignition 

  3. Significantly lower cost and toxicity, with wider availability


Hybrids represent one of the most undeveloped rocket technologies compared to liquids and solids. Our design capitalizes on the simplicity of hybrid motors as well as their inexpensive propellants, providing us with a reliable testing and research platform. The Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion aims to research and develop advanced rocket propulsion systems like hybrids, both to enhance the education of its student members and to advance aerospace rocket technologies.


Applications for Hybrid Rocketry Today

Hybrid motors are an alternative high energy propulsion system that holds the potential to send humans to space. Hybrids are already being developed to take tourists to the edge of space and people into low earth orbit. There are huge breakthroughs being made in the field of hybrid technology -- this is the future of rocketry. Help us increase knowledge of hybrid motors, and get this incredible technology on the map!

Check out these awesome companies that also develop hybrid technologies:
Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites
Sierra Nevada Corporation
Space Propulsion Group






Help SARP Launch into the Future!

This is a great opportunity for students to participate in experimental rocket development, and we would like you to be a part of it. You are invited to follow our progress to launch on Facebook and Twitter, and we will recognize donors proudly through our donors list, on social media and on the rocket itself! We hope you’ll join us in supporting the future engineers of space travel!

Work in Progress! 

  Published on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at 12:29 AM (PST)

Taylor Silagy designing a boattail to enclose the nozzle and make the rocket more aerodynamic. 


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Make an Impact

Hit the Drawing Board

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This donation will go towards initial CAD design of the rocket and prototyping of rocket parts. All donors will receive a personal thanks from the SARP team!

Fire the (Subscale) Motor!

Give $25

Purchases materials for sub-scale testing and coupons for the carbon fiber structure. This will give members their first hands-on work with manufacturing and testing.

Build it!

Give $50

Purchases materials for the main manufacture of the motor assembly, electronics, and carbon fiber structure. We will recognize your donation with a personalized shout out on Facebook!

Fuel Up

Give $100

Put a roof over 4 team member’s heads for a night during the competition in Green River, UT! We will recognize your donation with a personalized shout out on Facebook!

T Minus 10

Give $150

The SARP team gets 100 miles closer to the competition in Green River, UT! We will give you a personalized shoutout, name you as one of SARP's silver sponsors, and display your name or company logo on the launch vehicle!

Start Ignition

Give $250

Test fire our hybrid motor! This will pay for the propellant and thermal shielding for one full-scale test fire. We will give you a personalized shoutout, name you as one of SARP's gold sponsors, and display your name or company logo on the launch vehicle!

Lift Off!

Give $500

Contributes to all aspects of the program from building materials and testing to travel. We will give you a personalized shoutout, name you as one of SARP's platinum sponsors, and display your name or company logo on the launch vehicle!