29 August 2017

Successful Kickoff Meeting last night! / Launch Dates scheduled

We had over 50 returning and prospective team members come to the first "Meet and Greet" meeting last night!  For those still interested but couldn't make the meeting, contact us ASAP and we will get you involved!  
We also have a preliminary schedule for flights at Samson, AL in conjunction with SEARS #572.  September 16, then every first Saturday after that until next June.  

24 August 2017

    2017-18 Request for Proposals is out!  2018 NASA Student Launch Handbook - Colleges and Universities

    Clearly, we have started work on it already!  First meeting is Monday, August 28th in Davis Hall (Room TBD)

9 April 2017

Team News/Remarks

  • Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Auburn University Student Launch Team. This year's trip to Huntsville was a resounding success, with a successful launch and recovery of the full scale on Saturday. But that's not all, we also won the award for best website! Thank you to everyone who put in the time and hours all year long to make this team successful! War Eagle!
  • 20 February 2017

    Team News/Remarks

    • The rocket was successfully recovered with only a few minor hiccups. Next launch is in two weeks! War Eagle!
    • 30 January 2017

      Team News/Remarks

      • AUSL thanks Chris Carmello from the Auburn Office of Risk Management for coming out to teach us about lab safety! War Eagle!
      • 18 January 2017

        Team News/Remarks

        • Back at Auburn and back to work! First prospective fullscale launch date is January 28th! War Eagle!
        • 8 December 2016

          Team News/Remarks

          • Last weekend AUSL successfully launched our subscale rocket in Samson Alabama! On to full scale and CDR! (This post was a little delayed, let's blame finals) War Eagle!
          • 17 November 2016

            Team News/Remarks

            • We may not be launching this week due to the drought, but AUSL is hard at work building our next subscale either way! War Eagle!
            • 14 November 2016

              Team News/Remarks

              • Last weekend the Auburn University Student Launch Education Team taught local Boy Scouts in Troop 811 the basics of model rocketry. The scouts were led in constructing and then launching an Alpha rocket kit, which they were allowed to keep after the event. We'd like to thank the Boy Scouts for allowing our team the opportunity to work with them and look forward to more events with them in the future! War Eagle!
              • 7 November 2016

                Team News/Remarks

                • The 2016-17 NASA Student Launch is fully underway. We tested a subscale at Samson and had a recovery failure. This has been fixed and we will shoot for PMW soon! War Eagle!

                19 April 2016

                Team News/Remarks

                • The 2015-2016 NASA USLI competition has officially reached an end. The team unfortunately did not get to participate on launch day due to a fifth full-scale launch failure. The failure occurred in Tifton, GA, as a part of Georgia Rockets in the Sky (GRITS). One of the fins came off which caused the rocket to enter a spin rapidly causing the payload fairing to crack and subcumb to aerodynamic forces causing it to peel off. But the team did walk away from the competition with the "TEAM SPIRIT" award. We are very thankful for this award and honored to bring recognition to the "Auburn Spirit." We look forward to the coming months preparing for next years competition! WAR EAGLE!

                25 March 2016

                Team News/Remarks

                • Our last launch in Manchester, TN, resulted in another motor CATO. Aerotech, the manufacturer of the motor, has also accepted responsibility for this second CATO. To mitigate the risk of having a third motor CATO, NASA has granted us permission to switch to another motor. We will now be flying a Loki L1482-LB. For more info on other changes to the rocket, checkout our Documents section for our Flight Readiness Review documentation.
                • The team hosted "Rocket Week" at Drake Middle School on 1-3 March 2016 for the third straight year. It was a great chance to interact with over 300+ students and to show them some of the science and engineering behind rockets. To learn more, checkout our Outreach page and view our photos on flickr!
                • Our next launch is planned for 2 April 2016 in Tifton, GA, as a part of "Georgia Rockets in the Sky" (GRITS). This will be our last full-scale launch before the competition in April. If you would like to learn more about GRITS, please check out their website at gritslaunch.com.

                22 February 2016

                Team News/Remarks

                • A lot has happened in the last two weeks. The team has executed two more full-scale test flights.
                  • The second full-scale test flight took place on 13 February 2016 in Samson, AL. This test had all payload systems (WAFLE and PLF) operation. Unfortunately, the rocket suffered a catastrophic failure in the propulsion system, otherwise known as a motor CATO. This failure was due in no part to any action, or lack thereof, by members of the team. Instead, the failure was due to a crack in the motor grain. At ignition, a piece of the grain broke away from the motor, along this crack, and embedded itself in the nozzle. This created a "plug", which lead to build up of pressure inside the motor casing. The "plug" was eventually ejected and the remaining gases created a force large enough to break the motor out of its retention system. Aerotech, the manufacturer of the motor, has since accepted responsibility for the CATO.
                  • Check out the video of the launch below!
                  • The third full-scale flight took place on 20 February 2016 in Sylacauga, AL, as part of the Phoenix Missile Works event. The rocket had all systems operational. Unfortunately, the PLF suffered a failure during the boost phase of the flight. The PLF separated during the boost causing the drogue parachute to deploy as designed. Because the rocket was still in its boost phase, the drogue passed through the exhaust, melting the material. This caused the rocket to fall from apogee to main deployment without a droge. The recovery system ignited the main charges, separating the rocket into two separate pieces as designed. The rocket was nose down at this point meaning the explosive charge was not enough to deploy the parachutes against the atmospheric pressure. Video will be available in the next few days.
                • The next launch for Project Aquila will occur on 5 March 2016 in Manchester, TN.

                • 9 February 2016

                  Team News/Remarks

                  • The launch for this weekend has moved locations. The launch will be taking place in Samson, AL, under the guidance of the Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society. The subsequent launch will be on 20 February in Sylacauga, AL. The table below has been updated to reflect this.
                  • The Payload Fairing team has completed a successful ground separation test. Check out the video below!

                  • 2 February 2016

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • Project Aquila successfully launched it's first full-scale rocket, dubbed Aquila I! The launch was used as a verification for flight characteristics versus simulation runs in similar conditions as well as testing of all avionics equipment, including the instrumentation that will operate the grid fins. All systems were deemed operational. The launch also provided the team valuable flight data, as well as indicators to various system weaknesses. These areas will be focused on and improved over the next two weeks leading up to our next full-scale launch happening on 13 February in Sylacauga, AL.
                    • Video from the full-scale launch can be viewed here!
                    • The team has also launched its official Facebook and Twitter page, so make sure you head over to them for all the latest content. Like and follow so you can continue to receive information regarding the team!

                    15 January 2016

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • Welcome back to all of our team members who were away for the holiday break. The Project Aquila team has been extremely busy the last two weeks. Two key items that are happening:
                      • Critical Design Review documentation was posted this morning. Head over to the Reports page to check out what all the Project Aquila team has done since the Preliminary Design Review, and how the design of our rocket has been evolving.
                      • Fabrication of the full-scale rockets has commenced! Stay in close contact with your team lead to stay in the loop on what tasks there are.
                    • With CDR out of the way, the team is focusing all of its effort on preparing for the Flight Readiness Review milestone. Construction of full-scale versions of the Project Aquila rocket have started. Multiple test flights will be conducted over the next two months to validate full functionality of all systems. Below is a table of current planned launch days and locations.
                    Day Location Event
                    30 January Samson, AL (SEARS) First Full-Scale Launch
                    13 February Samson, AL (SEARS) Second Full-Scale Launch
                    20 February Sylacauga, AL (PMW) Third Full-Scale Launch
                    5 March Manchester, TN (MC2) Backup

                    21 November 2015

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • A subscale (3/5th size) of Project Aquila's rocket has successfully been launched and recovered. The launch took place in Sylacauga, AL, and was under the direction of Phoenix Missile Works.
                    • Check out our Media page for photos and videos of the launch.

                    9 November 2015

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • PDR documentation was submitted last Friday.
                    • A PDR presentation murderboard will occur Friday at 1400 for all team leads. Location to be determined.
                    • Lab cleanup will occur Wednesday at 1700 in Davis Hall. This is required for all team members to attend.
                    • If you plan to go to the launch competition in Huntsville at the end of the Spring Semester, you must get your name on the list, as well as give Cassie $50, by the end of this week. Also remember that you are REQUIRED to participate in at least ONE educational outreach event in order to be eligible to attend the competition.
                    • Next subscale launch is scheduled for 21 November 2015. Please be thinking about what your team needs to accomplish in the next two weeks in order to be prepared to launch that day. Contact your team leads for guidance. Further info can be found below.
                    • All subteams are to begin manufacturing subscale rocket with focus on:
                      • Recovery system, specifically scaled down parachute system. These should be manufactured and tested for durability before Friday of next week.
                      • Manufacturing of overall body into a 3/5 scale size, including fairing and body.
                      • Verifying fully operational avionics equipment prior to subscale flight.
                    • With CDR coinciding with Christmas break, please start working on CDR documentation now. Once fully completed with the correct checkoffs by team leads, send to appropriate advisors for review.

                    Subteam Updates

                    Payload Fairing
                    • Completed this week:
                      • Subscale nose cone printed, and partially assembled.
                      • Test clips have been drawn.
                      • Charge bay has been drawn.
                    • To be done:
                      • Finish nose cone assembly.
                      • Print clips for testing.
                      • Turn in test documents to Safety Officer.
                      • Design rig for testing from the back of a truck (see Dr. Triggs).
                      • Print charge bay and prepare for testing.
                    Grid Fins
                    • To be done:
                      • Complete design of wind tunnel testing, insuring all equipment and rigging is fully built and stable.
                      • Begin set up for vortex testing.
                      • Determine manufacturing method for fairings.
                      • Complete ground testing of all grid fin systems in preparation for flight testing beginning next semester.
                      • Print charge bay and prepare for testing.
                    Vehicle Design
                    • To be done:
                      • Manufacture and assemble subscale.
                      • Begin writing CDR sections.
                      • Complete remaining materials testing.

                    19 October 2015

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • PDR is due in just over two weeks, which means all sections need to be submitted to advisors in one week!
                    • The team website will go online Friday. Be on the lookout.

                    Subteam Updates

                    Recovery
                    • Overall status:
                      • Recovery is on track for PDR.
                      • PDR sections need to be completed and turned in to Adam by 23 October.
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • Upper section tube and recovery bulk plates are constructed.
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • Complete construciton of the avionics bay.
                      • Receive peregrine system parts in order to begin ground testing.
                      • PDR documentation writing and completion.
                    Grid Fins
                    • Overall status:
                      • Grid fins are on track for PDR.
                      • PDR sections need to be completed and turned in to Gabe by 26 October.
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • N/A
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • Update CAD models of the fairing/tube.
                      • Complete assembly of all CAD models.
                      • Manufacturer connections and outer mount.
                      • PDR documentation writing and completion.
                    Payload Fairing
                    • Overall status:
                      • PLF is on track for PDR.
                      • PDR sections to be submitted to Lindsey by 25 October.
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • N/A
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • PDR documentation writing and completion.
                    Vehicle Body
                    • Overall status:
                      • Vehicle body is on track for PDR
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • N/A
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • All components for 3/5th subscale will be manufactured this week and ready for assembly next week.
                      • The 1/5th subscale will be modified (grid fins removed) for further wind tunnel testing, happening this 23 October.
                      • Material testig to be completed by end of week.
                      • PDR documentation writing and completion.

                    12 October 2015

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • The grid fins have been moved aft on the rocket. They will now be located at the top of the booster section and will be used strictly as air brakes during ascent.
                    • Preliminary 1/5 subscale wind tunnel testing has been completed with good results. Further testing with a model with no grid fins will be tested next.
                    • Please check your timelines versus all you have remaing to complete for PDR.
                    • Before conducting tests, make sure a safety representative is present.
                    • Have a detailed outline as to what general testing procedures you plan to accomplish.
                    • Make sure all personnel ahve proper attire on before performing any work.
                    • Lab clean up is taking place on 13 October at 1800.
                      • When using the lab, always clean up after yourself. Leave the workstations in a state that you would want to find them in.
                      • Properly dispose of all hazardous materials.

                    Subteam Updates

                    Grid Fins
                    • Overall status:
                      • Grid fins are on track for PDR.
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • 1/5th subscale has been printed.
                      • Full scale model of the rocket is completed and assembled in CAD.
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • Begin manufacturing 3/5th subscale parts.
                      • Completion of flow simulations.
                    Payload Fairing
                    • Overall status:
                      • PLF is on track for PDR
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • Subscale nose cone printed and assembled.
                      • Test cases for the nose cone have been developed and written.
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • N/A
                    Vehicle Body
                    • Overall status:
                      • Vehicle body is on track for PDR
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • Wind tunnel model and testing stand have been completed.
                      • Components to be used in various material strength testing have been manufactured.
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • Wind tunnel testing for 1/5 subscale: 13 October at 1500

                    5 October 2015

                    Team News/Remarks

                    • The proposal has been officially accepted by NASA, which means we have exactly one month till PDR is due.
                    • With the proposal acceptance, NASA has requested that the locations for the grid fins be shifted aft of the burnout CG. This will be addressed tomorrow afternoon during the team meeting.
                    • Before conducting tests, please review and complete the checklist and procedural write-up documents provided by Safety. Send to the SO for approval prior to starting any testing.
                    • When executing testing, regardless of the method (simulations, physical software and hardware testing, wind tunnel, etc.), perform the following:
                      • Document everything such that anyone else on the team would be able to recreate the test and achieve the same results
                      • Record results using all media available (paper, pictures, videos, etc.)

                    Subteam Updates

                    Payload Fairing
                    • Overall status:
                      • Developing timeslines to reach PDR/CDR goals
                      • Beginning explosive testing for fairing
                      • Beginning documentation writing
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • N/A
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • Explosive testing procedural writing
                      • Execution of possible explosive testing this week or next week
                    Vehicle Body
                    • Overall status:
                      • Developing timeslines to reach PDR/CDR goals
                      • Manufacturing of testing components
                      • Beginning wind tunnel testing
                      • Beginning documentation writing
                    • Previous weeks results:
                      • N/A
                    • Planned events for the week:
                      • Manufacturing of testing components using the 3D printer

                    Last Updated: 22 February 2017