Rocketeers of Southern Illinois
The Rocketeers of Southern Illinois (ROSI) is an amateur rocketry team at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. For the 2017-2018 school year, we will be competing in the Argonia Cup as well as registering our president as a level two member of the Tripoli Rocketry Association.
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The Argonia Cup is a relatively new competition hosted by the Tripoli Rocketry Association in Wichita, Kansas. This competition entails reaching an altitude of 8,000 feet and returning a payload 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 gyroscope and GPS to deliver a golf ball to the exact target area.
The Tripoli Rocketry Association (TRA) is a national amateur rocketry organization that provides insurance coverage to its members. The Argonia Cup (and most future competitions) requires at least one member of the team to maintain a level two membership in TRA. To register as a level one member, we will be building a 2.2" diameter rocket powered by an H class motor. For level two membership, we will use the same rocket body and install a J class motor (about 3 times as powerful as 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, we will be able to legally launch up to an L class motor at designated launch sites without relying on a third party's schedule.
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 April 7th and 8th, 2018.
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In order to accomplish our goals for this school year, we will need to build a minimum of three rockets. The first rocket will be used to register with TRA and the second and third rockets will be brought to the Argonia Cup. Along with three rockets, we will need to design and build an autonomous drone capable of folding into less than 4" of space and carrying a golf ball. 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.