Share this project


Share this project

High Power Rocket Without The Emissions's video poster

One rocket, two revolutionary payloads. One uses magnetic fluid & electricity to reduce vibrations, the other scrubs CO2 from the air. Read more

pledged of $2,500 goal
seconds to go


This project was successfully funded on March 2, 2012.

One rocket, two revolutionary payloads. One uses magnetic fluid & electricity to reduce vibrations, the other scrubs CO2 from the air.

About this project

The Project:

High power rocketry without the emissions, and that’s just the half of it. The mission is to successfully design and launch a rocket housing two dynamic and cutting edge payloads. The rocket itself is an 9 foot long carbon fiber beauty that will shoot into the sky atop a powerful “L” motor. It’s going to shoot off the pad at almost the speed of sound and reach an altitude of nearly a mile. But the really exciting part of this project is not the rocket itself, but the revolutionary payloads it will carry. Here is a rendering of the rocket.

The CO2 Scrubber Payload:

As this project's title suggests, one payload is designed to reduce the rocket's carbon footprint. As the privatization of spaceflight makes rocket launches more and more common, the aggregate CO2 emissions from rocket flights will begin to accumulate. The technology we are developing offers a solution to this environmental dilemma. To solve this, the rocket is capable of scrubbing CO2 from the air during its flight. Although the motor still exhausts CO2 emissions, an equal amount of CO2 will be scrubbed from the air, negating the  motors impact on the environment. This will be accomplished through a chemical extraction process, where carbon dioxide molecules react with active ingredients and convert into harmless baking soda. The payload will be exposed to the air upon decent, using the airflow surrounding it to funnel air into the scrubbing canister. The air will emerge from the payload CO2 free, and the trapped CO2 converted into a solid precipitate. Within this reusable payload, a host of sensors will gather CO2 concentrations at varied altitudes and gauge the effectiveness of the scrubber. We will be able to compare the data we find with previous NOAA findings to better understand how CO2 is distributed in the atmosphere. This payload is totally revolutionary; nothing like this has been done before in a rocket. The success of this design will lead to further development and its transition into non-rocketry platforms.

Below is a rendering of the removable scrubber canister. It mounts just below the nose and will draw air into the CO2 absorption material. 

The MR Payload:

The second payload is located in the middle section of the rocket, and contains cutting edge and highly innovative technology. Its purpose is to demonstrate a new application of Magnetorheological fluid (we just call it MR fluid). This cool fluid’s viscosity can be altered by the presence of a magnetic field! It works because when this field is applied to the fluid, the small magnetic particles line up in the direction of magnetic flux, which hinders motion and basically turns the fluid into a solid. The applications of this technology are endless, and soon we think it will be utilized in all sorts of different systems. Our experiment will use MR fluid to control internal vibrations created by the intense acceleration forces the rocket experiences during flight. Sensors inside the inner chamber will allow us to measure the systems ability to reduce vibrations. This experiment could potentially offer a new way to keep expensive payloads safe from damage during flight. We are very excited to test our system, this technology is brand new and we are the first to incorporate it into a high power rocket! 

This drawing of our MR payload shows the inner sensor compartment surrounded by the fluid cavity where the MR fluid will be contained. 

Who We Are:

We are Tacho Lycos, a High Power Rocketry Team made up of NC State engineering students. We are a highly motivated group that devotes our minimal free time to the completion of our rockets. We hold ourselves to a very high standard and always aim to fly carefully engineered and thoroughly tested vehicles. We want to be the best, and go the extra mile to contribute to the engineering community. This mentality is exemplified in our innovative designs, attention to detail, and outreach programs that give back to the local community and young engineers of the future. The funds raised from this Kickstarter will go towards the materials and components of the rocket. If we are fortunate enough to exceed our funding goal, the extra money will be used for transportation to the launch site in Alabama.

This year’s rocket is going to be launched in the NASA 2012 USLI competition for university students. Schools from all over the nation participate every year and NASA engineers judge our designs and reports to determine a national champion. From the competitions website:

“NASA University Student Launch Initiative, or USLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.”

Also, check out our website to learn even more about the project, the people, and previous work we have done.

Why We Need You:

Although we are students, our club is not fully funded by the university we attend. This means that if we want to build this rocket, we have to raise money from outside sources. Kickstarter is one of those sources. The completion of the project is totally reliant on the success of this Kickstarter. If we fail to raise the necessary funds, all the work we have done will be for nothing. Any amount is helpful, and we are offering exclusive rewards for your valuable donation to our project. This project has the potential to contribute significant scientific and technological value, but it can’t happen without your help. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our team and our rocket. Your support is vital to our success!

Want more information before donating your hard earned money? We are more than happy to answer any technical or general questions you have. To get the best answer, its best to email the contact who can most directly answer your question.

Josef Khalil, President (

Garret Abbot-Frey, Design Lead ( 

Sean Maroni, CO2 Scrubber and Funding (

Clark Moser, Vehicle Construction (

Richard Chapman, MR Fluid and Safety (

Wesley Thill, CO2 Sensors ( 

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our project. Review our reward offerings and consider making a donation to Tacho Lycos. Happy flying!


Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.

Ask a question


  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    6 backers

    We will list you as a sponsor on our website. Also, we will send you a brief post-launch update telling you how the flight went!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $15 or more

    1 backer

    Submit a name for the rocket into consideration. If your name gets chosen you get a free Tacho Lycos T shirt. Also be listed as a sponsor on our website and receive post-launch summary.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    2 backers

    Attend all of our lab and wind tunnel testing (NC State students). Receive previous rewards as well.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    5 backers

    Attend our small scale rocket launch. Also get access to an in depth post launch report, and all previous rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    10 backers

    Get a Tacho Lycos T shirt! Plus, attend the full scale test launch and receive the other rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    3 backers

    Get your name on the rocket! A mid sized decal bearing your name will appear on the rocket body tube. Plus receive all the other rewards.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    3 backers

    Get a large sized name decal on our rocket! This is a great way to let everyone who sees the rocket in the future know you support us. Receive rewards 1-5 as well.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Receive rewards 1-5, plus become a VIP level backer. You will be listed as such in press releases, and your name will be embroidered on the back of our team polos. Plus, get a super-sized name decal on the rocket.

    Estimated delivery:

Funding period

- (30 days)