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The Junior High-Power Team (JHPT) is a mock team of the High-Power Team that competes in the Spaceport America Cup. The rocket is aimed at achieving an apogee of 10,000ft, holding a 4kg payload, just like the HPT does for the Spaceport America Cup. The JHPT provides students with experience with high-power rockets and aerospace industry practices through hands-on design and manufacturing. The goal is for members of this team to be well seasoned and fully prepared to compete at Spaceport America in the High-Power Team.

Team Structure

  • Team Lead (1)
    • Responsible for leading team to meet project vision and goals
    • Receives recommendations and requirements from club presidency, SA Cup
    • Organizes team and directs work
    • Helps coordinate design decisions affecting multiple sub-teams
  • Structures Sub-Team (3)
    • Structures Lead (1)
    • Structures Support Engineers (2)
    • Tasked with the physical structure of the rocket
  • Guidance, Navigation, Control (GNC) Sub-Team (3)
    • GNC Lead (1)
    • GNC Support Engineers (2)
    • Tasked with data collection and recovery systems of the rocket
  • Payload Team (3)
    • Payload Lead (1)
    • Payload Support Engineers (2)
    • Tasked with designing and constructing the payload of the rocket

For more detailed information and documentation for this team please refer to theMEPS handbook section for Junior High-Power Team.

If you'd like to apply to the team:

Applications open in July each year.

  • Must be active in the club for at least one year.
  • Must have minimum a Level 1 Certification with either NAR or Tripoli.
  • Must be able to dedicate 3-6 hours a week during the fall and winter semesters to the team.

2023 - "H.A.W.T. Wings"

Team Members

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David Andelin (Capstone)*, Riley Brown (Club VP)*, Zac Lyman (GNC Engineer), Wyatt Whitmer (GNC Lead), Casey Gooch (Payload Lead), Nik Mohsen-Crellin (Payload Engineer), Tyson Butterfield (Team Lead), Jacob Rolfs (GNC Engineer), Haylee Sevy (Structures Lead), Max (Structures Engineer), Jonathon Davis (Payload Engineer), Courtney Payne (Structures Engineer)

*pictured but not members of JHPT
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2022 - "Moab"

Team Members

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2021 - "Cosmonaut"

Team Members

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Greg Hill (GNC), Brennen Dover (Structures Lead), Brandon Sutherland (Payload), Dunstan Chi (Payload), Brayden Smith (GNC), Derrick Walker (GNC Lead), Josh Halliday (Structures), Jayson Davis (Structures), Dallin Cordon (Team Lead)
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Cosmonaut - Team Photo
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2019 - "Tachyon"

2018 - "Quasar"