2018 Spaceport America Cup: 2nd Place 10K COTS

After successfully participating in the 2017 Spaceport America Cup, BYU Rocketry continued building upon past knowledge by attending the 2018 Spaceport America Cup in Las Cruces, NM. At the event, the team won 2nd Place in the 10,000 ft. Commercial-Off-The-Shelf Solids Category!

With nearly 50 university teams competing in this popular category of the Spaceport America Cup, this sets the stage for BYU Rocketry’s continued future success. Repeated participation in this event allows BYU Rocketry to grow, year by year, in its knowledge of High Power Rocketry. Likewise, it helps the team achieve the BYU Rocketry Mission: to provide students with hands-on experience that will enable them to become leaders and innovators in the space industry, as well as build the infrastructure that will allow BYU students to build competition rockets for years to come.

2018 High Power Team

Team members (left to right): Riley Meik, Ryan Garrison, Scott Harris, Riley Creer, Josh Jordan, Alex Laraway, Bradley Buttars, Mark Sweeney.

Wasatch I

Wasatch I is an 8-foot tall rocket made of carbon fiber and fiberglass. The airframe was manufactured in-house by the Structures Team using carbon fiber prepreg and wet laup processes. The fins and nose cone are fiberglass.

The team performed two test launches of Wasatch I at Utah Rocket Club launches. These full scale test launches to 10,000 ft. allowed the team to test launch, recovery, and payload subsystems prior to the competition in New Mexico!

Attending the Competition

The team of seniors and juniors traveled to Spaceport America, near Las Cruces, NM, for the international competition. There, they presented to judges, met recruiters from major aerospace companies, and met hundreds of other students from universities around the world.

The Payload Team built a CubeSat-size payload that weighed 8.8 pounds. This scientific payload, called the Cold-Gas Thruster Experiment (CGTE) was housed inside the nose cone of Wasatch I. During descent of the rocket under main parachute, the CGTE payload attempted to fire its cold-gas thrusters to alter the motion of the swinging nose cone. After reviewing the data in post-flight analysis, it was clear that the payload was successful in its mission!

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