Students: Brandon Grimshaw, Andrea Hulman, Bryce Mahn, Stephen Arwine, John Berg, Jonathan Brady, Jordan Shindle

Faculty Advisor or Community Project Lead: Jifeng Peng, David Erickson


The technical requirements that UAA Rocketry must meet to perform in the Mini-MAV competition are summarized here. The full competition details are found in the 2015 NASA SL Handbook.

  • Design/build an Autonomous Ground Support System (AGSE) that will:
    • Capture a payload consisting of a small section of PVC pipe filled with sand
    • Ingress said payload into the launch vehicle
    • Contain the payload in the launch vehicle during flight
    • Perform all routines and subroutines autonomously
  • Design/build a launch vehicle which meets the following performance criteria:
    • Reaches an altitude of 3000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL)
    • Ejects the payload at 1000 feet AGL to descend under a separate parachute
    • Does not exceed a kinetic energy of 75 foot pounds while descending
    • Performs safely and reliably in accordance with applicable high power rocketry guidelines set forth by the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), NASA, and other governing bodies



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