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Space Society’s NASA Student Launch Page


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2017-2018 Competition

The NASA Student Launch Competition is a high powered rocketry edu_sl_hb_sm_2017-min-5competition with a focus on the rocket payloads. This year’s competition requires the ISS team to build a high-powered rocket that is capable of flying a mile high and landing safely. On top of that, teams can choose between three payload challenges: target detection, deployable rover, or calculating landing coordinates via triangulation. The ISS team has chosen the second option, the deployable rover. This challenge will require the rover to deploy from the vehicle, travel 5 ft., and deploy solar panels. The competition will occur in Huntsville, Alabama, near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. ISS will be competing with groups from around the country in a weeklong event. To check out more about this year’s competition, check out the competition handbook. 





Monthly Updates:


The Illinois Space Society team submitted their proposal for the 2017-18 NASA Student Launch Competition.


The Illinois Student Launch team was accepted into the competition. Throughout October, the team worked on initial design and prototyping of the rover system. Towards the end of the month, the team began to work on the Product Design Review (PDR) due mid-November.