The official documentary on USCRPL’s Traveler IV rocket flight, becoming the first student group to launch a rocket into space.
As you should know by now, USCRPL became the first university student team to launch a rocket into space, when on April 21st of this year, their Traveler IV rocket reached 103.6 km, claiming the record.
A documentary film made by Joseph DeRose, a USC Cinematic Arts student is set to be released July 12th, giving us all an insight into the team’s path towards space.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below!
The video’s show the HYDRA 4X hybrid rocket motor testing from the Fall and Summer of 2018.
ERIG is a team of students from the Technical University of Braunschweig, developing and constructing experimental rockets. HYDRA 4X produces 2000 N of thrust and will burn for 15 s propelling the team’s FAUST II rocket to 10 km in altitude.
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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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.
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The first launch of the Sugar Shot to Space small scale 2-stage rocket. Rained in the morning and never cleared so launch was done without igniting the sustainer to stay below the cloud ceiling. 100mm ( 4 inch ) booster staging to a 75mm ( 3 inch ) sustainer, both having been launched successfully previously separately.