The Rocketeers of Southern Illinois (ROSI) is an amateur rocketry team at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be competing in the Argonia Cup as well as registering an underclassman as a level two member of the Tripoli Rocketry Association.
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The Argonia Cup is hosted by the Tripoli Rocketry Association about an hour south of Wichita, Kansas. The competition requires reaching an altitude of 8,000 feet and returning a golf ball as close to a predetermined location as possible. We plan on building a 4" diameter rocket powered by an L class motor to carry an autonomous drone that will deploy once the rocket has descended to 1500 feet. The drone will use an on-board GPS to deliver a golf ball to the exact target area.
The Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) is a national rocketry organization that provides insurance coverage to its members. The Argonia Cup (and most other competitions) requires at least one member of the team to maintain a level two membership in TRA. To register as a level one member, the underclassman will be building a 2.2" diameter rocket powered by an H class motor. For level two membership, he will use the same rocket body and fly it with a J class motor (about 3 times more powerful an H motor). Once both rockets are successfully recovered in good condition, a test that covers the fundamentals of safe rocketry must be passed. With a level two membership, our team will be able to launch up to an L class motor at designated launch sites.
We plan on launching both membership rockets on the same day and will post videos of these launches to our website. The Argonia Cup is on March 30th and 31st, 2019.
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In order to accomplish our goals for this school year, we will need to build two rockets, purchase the materials necessary for mixing our own rocket fuel, and build the competition drone. The first rocket will be used to register with TRA and the second rocket will be brought to the Argonia Cup. Inside each rocket will be a motor, two independent avionics systems to control parachute deployment and record altitude, a parachute, an on-board camera, and our drone.