NASA SL: Project PLAID
We are Carnegie Mellon Rocket Command! An organization that strives to "reach new heights" in every sense of the word. This year, we are entering the NASA Student Launch competition against 45 other top universities in the country. This being our first year undertaking the challenge, we need your help to make this possible. We have created a detailed budget for this project and found that we need $10,000 to meet the requirements for the competition of which we are only asking $5,000 from donors. Below you will find a description of our project and why you should contribute. Also, take a look at our video above for more information and if you have any additional questions please feel free to email our Crowdfunding officer Roberto Andaya at email@example.com. Thank you for your support!
NASA Student Launch is a research-based, experiential exploration project that involves designing, building, and flying payloads that will support NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). It is an 8-month-long project during which teams participate in several design reviews and video teleconferences with NASA scientists and engineers. The whole structure of the competition mirrors the design lifecycle in the engineering industry providing students with real-world engineering and research experience. Every team submits a proposal that undergoes a competitive selection process. In the end, only around 45 colleges are selected from across the nation. On October 6, our team received an acceptance letter from NASA officially welcoming us into the competition, and we are currently working full-gear on the design and construction of our rocket. A list of the universities of all selected teams has been published on the NASA website. Here is the link if you wish to see: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/studentlaunch/teams/index.html.
Our project, PLAID, is a composite rocket designed to fly to an altitude of exactly 5,280 ft and houses, along with the mission-critical launch, avionics, and recovery systems, a visual target identification payload that collects and analyzes data from an on-board camera to actively identify targets on the ground while in flight. Our rocket has to be capable of withstanding the elements and be completely reusable upon recovery. Of course, one of our primary concerns is also the safety of all participants, and, given that these are high-powered rockets, we take great precaution to ensure that our entire design, manufacturing, and construction processes maximize the safety of our engineers and all that will be present on launch day. For more information please check our team website: https://cmrocketcommand.wordpress.com/.
The primary mission of CMRC is to spark interest in aerospace engineering across the Carnegie Mellon community and to provide those with the passion for science and engineering with the opportunity to innovate in this field. We strongly believe this project will help advance our mission and will earn our organization a lot of credibility as a pioneer in the area of aerospace engineering at this institution. The project we have undertaken requires a lot of resources, not only to design and build, but also to transport to and from test sites including the final launch in Huntsville, Alabama. This is why we need your support to make this project a reality.