Rocket Team 2018-19
The UMass Rocket Team takes on NASA’s challenging Student Launch Initiative (SLI), which is an annual, nationwide engineering competition to design, build, and launch high-powered model rockets with NASA-specified research payloads. The SLI provides an opportunity for undergraduates in engineering to gain knowledge of and hands-on experience with high powered rocketry. This year's rocket is predicted to reach an altitude of 4700 feet, and its payload is a small drone that will deploy from the inside of the rocket after landing.
The emergence of the SLI program at UMass provides a unique opportunity to expand technical knowledge in the fields of electrical, mechanical, and aerospace engineering for present and future students. Students involved gain valuable skills with leadership, analytical work, hands-on work, and team-based learning. Additionally, an important goal of the project is to stimulate interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields by engaging local schools with interactive and educational activities, which promotes our next generation of rocket scientists.
Successful SLI teams travel to the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in April 2019 to launch and compete with other teams based on NASA’s scoring guidelines. The UMass Rocket Team travelled to Alabama for last year's finals, and we need your help to make it there again! The project is entirely reliant on funding from outside sources, and what funds the university can provide. All contributions will go directly toward rocket materials, hardware, and travel costs for sending our 14-person team to Alabama.
Thank you! Your support will propel us to success!
Check out our website or Facebook page for updates on this year's project, our events, and our team.
For more information on the NASA Student Launch Initiative, check out NASA's webpage for the project here.