Princeton Rocketry Club Aiming for May Spaceshot

The Princeton Rocketry Club is currently in full swing working towards a May launch date of their two-stage rocket intended to fly to 400,000ft or 121.9km altitude. Given the definition of space is 100km this launch could be one of the first student rockets to reach space, all going to plan.

Princeton SpaceShot (Credit: Princeton Rocketry Club)

The Princeton SpaceShot, as it is aptly named, is a two-stage launch vehicle using off the shelf rocket motors and is of minimum diameter. The upper stage or sustainer as it is referred to is derived from Project Stratos that was tested last year and flew to 39,125ft, the rocket was only 2″ (50.8mm) in diameter. The booster is 4″ (101.6mm) in diameter and the rocket 3.3m in length, the overall weight at liftoff is expected to be 50lbs (22.67kg).

By using off the shelf commercial motors the team hopes to decrease the risks associated with making your own motors while taking advantage of the high reliability and safety of a commercial motor. A thorough FEA analysis and 6-DOF flight simulation have been carried out, with the vehicle now in the shop coming together.

The team plan to launch from Spaceport America, with the launch window open from May 26th to May 27th 2018.

Princeton is not the only ones vying for the Karman line, USCRPL will attempt a launch in April(?) with others like Boston University Rocket Propulsion Group and Space Enterprise at Berkeley heading in that same direction at a later date.

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[Edit: I originally had the USCRPL attempt listed as June, where in fact this should have been April, this has been updated to reflect this. An Instagram post points towards the end of the semester for the launch.]