We are raising funds to cover the cost of the materials and testing for the rocket and allow as many aspiring rocket engineers travel to the final competition as possible, come June.
SARP gives students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to work as successful engineers. Rocket engineering provides technical challenges, opportunities to innovate, and a realistic engineering environment that fosters communication and teamwork. At the Spaceport America cup, over 80 teams from around the globe will compete with their student-designed rockets. We will be competing in the most technically rigorous category, the Student Designed and Manufactured Hybrid division. Our rocket will be launched to 30,000 feet and activate an experimental payload.
All design, analysis, and manufacturing is performed by the students. We follow the engineering process for building our rocket from start to finish, meaning our students see the rocket on the drawing board, on the launch rail, and in the air.
Hybrid motors are an alternative high energy propulsion system that holds the potential to send humans to space. Hybrids are already being developed to take tourists to the edge of space and people into low earth orbit. We want to be a part of the future by actively working with breakthroughs being made in the field of hybrid technology. Your generous donations will directly impact student hybrid rocket development, paving the way for the future of spaceflight.
The budget is broken up into the sub-team and technical layouts, seen below. Building a rocket requires significant financial support. As a student-run organization, we rely solely on the support of donors like you. The funds raised from this campaign go toward:
SARP is comprised of four technical teams and an administrative team.
Propulsion: develops the hybrid motor, researches new designs for an optimal motor structure, develops highly-efficient hybrid fuels.
Structures: designs and constructs the carbon fiber body structures and fiberglass nose cone.
Recovery: builds the parachute deployment system to bring the rocket home safely, designing of redundant and ultra-safe systems to maximize the re-usability.
Avionics: builds the deployable rover along with the electronics to monitor our rocket during flight.
Business: handles the administrative aspects of SARP such as acquisition of materials and funding, managing SARP’s budget, outreach, and ensuring flawless communication among technical teams.
This is a great opportunity for students to participate in experimental rocket development, and we would like you to be a part of it. Everybody is invited to follow our progress to launch on Facebook, Instagram, and our SARP website; we will recognize donors proudly through our donors list, on social media and on the rocket itself! We hope you’ll join us in enabling the future engineers of space travel!
For corporate donors or individuals who have corporate matching on donations, please refer to giving.uw.edu/sarp