NASA USLI 2020: Project TARTAN
Carnegie Mellon Rocket Command (CMRC) is one of the only aerospace student organizations on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University. We offer a wide range of experiences for our members depending on their level of interest and technical skill, teaching the design of rockets, motor sizes and functions, weight distribution, aerodynamic stability, optimal recovery techniques and more. We participate in the NASA Student Launch University Initiate (USLI) competition among ~50 other teams across the country to design, build, test, and launch a rocket to a predetermined height. Our team has grown significantly to 30 members, increasing our travel expenses for our trip to Huntsville, Alabama for the final launch in April! In order to provide all members with the opportunity to travel to the launch, we are asking for $5000 from donors to help offset individual cost to each of our members. If you would like to learn more in depth about us, please visit our website where we post regular updates (https://cmrocketcommand.wordpress.com)!
NASA USLI is a research-based, experiential exploration project that involves designing, building, and launching rockets which contain a technical payload that will support the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) research. It is an 8-month long project during which teams participate in scheduled design reviews and video teleconferences with NASA scientists and engineers. The structure of the competition is designed to mirror the design process used by NASA itself, providing our members with invaluable real work engineering experiences. For more information, please visit the official NASA Student Launch website (http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/studentlaunch/home/index.html).
For the third year in a row, CMRC has been accepted into the competition. This year, our efforts will be focused on building our rocket TARTAN (Teaching Aerospace Rocketry Technology & Active Navigation), launching it exactly one mile high. New and exciting things this year include our payload, which will deploy autonomously after landing and acquire simulated lunar ice from the field, as well as an improved apogee targeting system. We’re also changing the material of our rocket body from fiberglass to carbon fiber, and adapting specialty materials to our design.
CMRC exists as an organization to spark interest in aerospace engineering among not only the Carnegie Mellon University community, but to local schools in Pittsburgh, reaching out to a wide variety of ages, from kindergarten to college students. We spark a passion for science and engineering, and allow others the opportunity to get involved in these fields. This project will advance our mission to excite others as well as prepare members of our organization for their own careers. Our project has an overall budget of approximately $15,000 in order to cover the build of the rocket, payload, designing more complex and optimized mechanical systems, as well as our travel expenses to Huntsville. We appreciate your support in order to help our growing team and allow all our members to actively participate in the final launch. Thank for your helping us getting TARTAN to soar through the sky!