A quick update from the 2021-2022 project leader:
I’m Austin Cheung, a rising junior in Hopper. I’ve been involved with the rocket project for the past two years, where I worked mainly with the body team. We have yet to finish that rocket from two years ago due to the pandemic, but I’m very excited to see it to completion this year as project lead!
The following description of the SCIFI32 Rocket project was written by former project lead, Guillaume Hoffman, in an email sent to YUAA members on June 9, 2020:
There is no denying that rockets are cool. There is also no denying that the engineering science behind them is no joke. However, anyone can contribute to the SCIFI32 Rocket project—there are many parts in a rocket and so many different areas of expertise needed. We will be machining a rocket that will eventually fly to 30,000 feet using 2 stages and a Student Researched and Developed (SRAD) motor, building off of the design already worked on last year. The following will all be features of the rocket: machined carbon fiber fins, machined thrust plates, and a custom made carbon fiber nose cone with a machined aluminum nose tip. In preparation for flying the rocket at IREC 2021, we will be building certification rockets to get new members up to speed on rocketry and get them excited about working on the main rocket. Members of the team will gain experience building or leading the build of certification rockets, machining parts, testing subsystems, mixing our own motor, and integrating a rocket. You will not want to miss out on being a part of this project and seeing your hard work pay off during the summer!
I worked on the SRAD motor team of the rocket last year and I’m really excited to take over the whole project. YUAA made me realize that while rocket science is daunting, it is accessible to everyone and anyone can play their part in making a rocket work. I cannot wait to see the certification and big rockets fly later in the year!