Welcome! We are SEDS, the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space club here at the University of Central Florida (UCF)! We are a group of passionate, intelligent and driven students who are excited about experimenting hands-on with select engineering competitions and applications . This year we’ve been honored to participate in the Student Launch hosted by NASA to bring out the best in aspiring engineering students. This is a tremendous project and we’re going to need the fantastic kickstarter community to bring our dreams to life!
The success of this project will inspire the younger community about what we are doing. Through the STEM initiative, we can encourage children to get excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our service with these children will include live seminars and conventions as well as demonstrations of real engineering applications and technologies. We are committed to learning as much as we can about our field and teaching those curious enough to do the same! Your donations will all go toward funding our mission to a trip to Huntsville, Alabama where we will compete among other universities in this project.
Our requirement is to design and build a rover that will autonomously pick up and insert a payload into a rocket; all of this occurring within a ten minute time frame, The rocket will then be launched to an altitude of 3000 feet. Once at maximum altitude, a drogue parachute will deploy to help slow the rocket's descent toward earth. At 1000 feet, the payload will eject from the rocket. The rocket will lastly deploy the main parachute after an altitude of 500 feet is reached, allowing the rocket to slow down to a safe descent rate. During this process, both the rocket and payload must safely touch down within the launch area. The entire procedure will be monitored and judged by a panel of NASA engineers, who will then grade and review the mission and decide a winner from among all the competing universities.
The team would like to give our supporters a sneak peak of the reward t-shirt we will be giving out for your generous contributions.
Some of our sponsors, JonRocket.com and Entacore.
We have reached our goal of $1,500 thank you kick starter community! As for an update on our progress, we have presented our Critical Design Review (CDR) in front of NASA and plan our full first sub-scale launch on February 14th! Our Flight Readiness Review (FRR) reports are due on March 16th and we will be traveling to Huntsville, Alabama through the help of the kick starter community to conduct the actual student launch on the 10th of March. We thank all of you who have supported us throughout this project!
Risks and challenges
Launching a rocket is a very delicate and high-risk operation that requires countless hours of practice, preparation and study. With your help, we can garner the necessary funds towards providing a mistake free launch in a competition where every blemish matters. The stakes are very high as we will need to near perfect to have any serious consideration for winning the student launch. Any failures to deploy one of the 3 parachutes at the correct time, rocket launch going off the permitted pathway or any excessive drifting after descending will result in a likely failed mission. The margin for error is zero, but with the help of you, the kick starter community, we can put all our efforts forth towards providing the best chance of winning this competition!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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