Design & Manufacturing

Flight Systems

This team works on all systems related to the high altitude balloon and ascent procedures. In the event of an emergency termination, the quick deflation method (QDM) system will cut off the balloon from the launch structure. This team also communicates with Raven Aerostar about the polyethylene balloon.

Launch Structure

This team designs and tests the structure to be carried by the balloon. Launch Structure is responsible for ensuring a rocket can be safely launched from the structure at altitude. As such, areas of focus include the cold-gas platform stability system, manufacturing and structural analysis, and recovery systems.

Commercial Rocket

This team designs, manufactures, and tests rockets to be used for HAPSIS launches. They integrate with Launch Structure and Avionics to ensure the rocket is launched optimally and safely. Members of this team also work towards receiving rocket launch certification.


Avionics is responsible for all electronics relevant to the flight computer. They work with circuit design and programming with both high and low level languages. The flight computer determines go/no-go criteria for launch and altitude. Avionics is responsible for integrating with every team under design and manufacturing, as each team interacts with the flight computer in some respect.

Ground Station

The ground station team is responsible for designing and testing the communication system between the flight computer and the flight team. The team creates the UI and hardware for the ground team on launch day. The radio communication developed by this team is used to send flight commands to the structure at altitude.


This team designs and manufactures flight payloads for the rockoon. They are tasked with integrating the payload with avionics and launch structure. This is responsible for prevent overheating and rapid cooling of the flight electronics at altitude. 

Research & Development


This team will be the rebranding of experimental rocket. This subteam is tasked with designing a propulsion system two stage rocket capable of achieving orbit. The 2nd stage is a hybrid motor with a solid motor of the first stage. This upcoming academic year will focus on designing, building and test a hybrid motor demonstrator at Zucrow Labs.

Mission Design

This team will focus on the ascent of the rocket all the way to orbit by optimizing the ascent trajectory then any orbital maneuvers. The goal of the next academic year will be to have a required delta V and trajectory for each stage of the orbital rocket.


This team will be tasked with designing the guidance system for the rocket. The goal for this team for the next academic year will be to have selected the means for controlling the direction of the rocket and and build a demonstrator of the selected system.

Special Projects

This team will be focused on investigating different aspects of the rocket. This will be a flexible team with a variety of goals. The goals for the next academic year will be case studies involving rocket staging, and a solid motor rocket capable of reaching the karman line.

Systems Engineering

Flight Ops 

This team will focus on launch preparations, and the logistics necessary to plan a full launch of our System. The upcoming academic year will focus on working to finalize plans for HAPSIS I, and looking forward to a potential HAPSIS II launch.

R&D Systems 

The Systems Engineers working within R&D will be heavily focused on the Experimental Rocket team. The primary focus for next year will be to begin the basics Systems work necessary to design our rocket. This will include requirements generation, as well as some preliminary fault and hazard analysis.

D&M Systems 

The Systems Engineers working within D&M will be spread throughout the subteams, with a focus on Avionics and Launch Structures. The primary focus for the fall semester will be to finalize our work on HAPSIS, especially concerning fault and hazard analysis. The spring semester will be focused on preparing a HAPSIS II launch, and analyzing the results of our HAPSIS I launch. 



The Enterprise Division will have a heavy focus on recruitment and funding for next semester. The primary goal will to be reach our fundraising goal of $30,000 by means of partnerships and corporate relations. We will heavily recruit within Krannert, Polytech, and other engineering schools so we can start improving our marketing skills in order to obtain some sponsorships.

Outreach and Team Development 

The outreach and team development subteam will plan more social and professional events in the community that are open to all members to attend. In order to improve attendance at these events, we will brainstorm a larger variety and quantity of options throughout the year. Also, the mentorship program will be further developed and encouraged for both new and old members to participate in.