WIRED USCRPL Interview

USC RPL is getting some great coverage about their Traveler IV spaceshot, which became the first student-designed and built rocket to surpass the Karman line.

Read the Wired article here or watch the video below!

Video Caption: A team from the University of Southern California’s Rocket Propulsion Laboratory became the first student team to launch a rocket into space. WIRED’s Arielle Pardes spoke with Neil Tewksbury, the team’s Lead Operations Officer, about what it took to make it happen. Read more of the team’s story on WIRED.com: https://www.wired.com/story/a-rocket-…

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Meet the First College Students to Launch a Rocket Into Space | WIRED

Traveler IV Reaches Space!

Congrats to the team at USCRPL, whose Traveler IV rocket reached 339,800 ft (103.6 km) on April 21st from Spaceport America, becoming the first ever student rocket to reach and exceed the recognised boundary of space, 328,084 ft (100 km).

For all you wondering how they determined the peak altitude, the team have published a white paper explaining their sensor package and ultimately how they were able to determine apogee with a 90% confidence, you can read the paper here.

A blog post of the flight can be found here.

Video Caption: On April 21, 2019, we, the USC Rocket Propulsion Lab, launched our latest space-shot rocket, Traveler IV, out of Spaceport America. Traveler IV reached an apogee of 339,800 ft with a confidence of 90% of having crossed the internationally-recognized border between Earth’s atmosphere and space known as the Kármán line. By flying higher than the Kármán line, Traveler IV has broken the world record for the highest altitude ever reached by a vehicle entirely designed and built by a collegiate rocketry team. USCRPL thanks the alumni, faculty, department staff, parents, the university, and all others who have supported the lab’s fourteen-year-long dream.
Even greater things lie ahead.

the full data analysis and check out more information in the following links: Apogee analysis white paper: http://uscrpl.com/s/Traveler-IV-White…
USCRPL blog post: http://www.uscrpl.com/updates/2019/5/…
WIRED article: https://www.wired.com/story/a-rocket-…

Keep an eye out for the full-length documentary coming soon! — About us: USCRPL is the world’s premier undergraduate research group for experimental rocket technologies. Founded in the 2004-2005 school year with the mission of putting a scratch-built rocket into space, USCRPL has spent the last 14 years becoming a world leader in the design, manufacturing, and testing of small, low-budget, high-performance rockets. RPL’s members are all undergraduates, but alumni work across the space industry at organizations such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and NASA, as well as RPL alumnus-founded startups like Relativity Space, Ursa Major Technologies, and 121C.

Traveler IV Flight Videos……(Waiting for Space Confirmation!)

While we wait for USC to confirm the altitude obtained by their Traveler IV rocket, they have posted some video of the launch to quench our thirst.
If you listen carefully you can hear a call out of 49 km which surpasses their Fathom II rocket flight to 43 km and hence their highest flying rocket to date. But did it reach 100 km? we will just have to wait a little longer!

USCRPL Traveler IV Space Shot this Weekend

[Updated: 21/04/2019]

Just a reminder, USCRPL will be launching their Traveler IV rocket from Spaceport America, hoping to reach the Karman line and be the first student team to reach space.

The team is targeting 7am PST (8 am MT) April 20th 21st for the launch.

Follow along on the team’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates.

Read about the previous attempts here.

USCRPL Aiming for Space Once Again

This will be the 2nd student space shot attempt for 2019 that I know of, and USCRPL’s 4th try. Read about the team’s previous attempts here and here.

The Fathom Development Campaign

A backdated post from USCRPL about the Fathom development campaign, as of right now Fathom II still holds the student altitude rocketry record of 144,000ft.

Read the full post here.

With the eventual goal of flying an 8 inch-diameter space-shot rocket (similar to our previous space shot attempts, Traveler I and Traveler II), Fathom was designed as a 6 inch-diameter subscale test. Designed to reach a maximum speed of Mach 4.5 and experience a maximum dynamic pressure of 11,000 psf, Fathom was intended to anchor and validate our aero and flight dynamics models for an eventual space-shot. The vehicle was also designed to test and qualify many of our other technologies, including our thermal protection systems. Scaling the design down from our future space-shot led to Fathom’s target altitude being set to 180,000 ft.

(As we already know, Traveler III was not recovered from its space shot attempt but work continues on Traveler IV.)

USC RPL 18/19 Trailer

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